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first_imgI’ve never been better: Jofra Archer ahead of Ashes debutEngland (ENG) vs Australia (AUS), Ashes 2019, 2nd Test: “I’m probably more ready than I have ever been. I bowled 50 overs in one game for Sussex which I think was past the overs they told me to bowl, it was good practice,” Jofra Archer said as he looks poised to make his test debut in the second Ashes test.advertisement Reuters LondonAugust 12, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 21:49 IST England (ENG) vs Australia (AUS), 2nd ODI, Ashes 2019: England’s Jofra Archer looks on, during a nets sessionHIGHLIGHTSEngland fast bowler Jofra Archer included in England’s 12 in the absence of record wicket taker James AndersonDon’t expect any miracles, I can only come in and do what I can and give my best, said Archer ahead of his debutAustralia lead the Ashes 1-0 after their 251-run win at EdgbastonEngland fast bowler Jofra Archer says he has fully recovered from a side strain and is raring to go as he looks poised to make his test debut in the second Ashes test against Australia at Lord’s on Wednesday.Archer, who missed the first test after picking up his injury during England’s World Cup triumph last month, proved his fitness when he took six wickets and scored a century for county side Sussex’s second XI last week.The 24-year-old was included in England’s 12 in the absence of record wicket taker James Anderson, who bowled only four overs in the first test at Edgbaston before injuring his calf again.”I’m probably more ready than I have ever been. I bowled 50 overs in one game for Sussex which I think was past the overs they told me to bowl, it was good practice,” Archer told reporters.”(My fitness) has never been better. (The side strain) just needed to settle and we couldn’t get that gap in the World Cup. After that, it settled in a matter of days.”Don’t expect any miracles, I can only come in and do what I can and give my best. I can’t work miracles but I will try to.”Australia coach Justin Langer had said the key to dealing with Archer, England’s leading wicket-taker at the World Cup with 20 victims, was to “keep wearing him down” and make him bowl more spells.”I think Justin Langer has another think coming,” Barbados-born Archer added. “I’ve played a lot more red-ball cricket than I have white-ball cricket.advertisement”I do think it’s my preferred format anyway. I personally believe in test cricket you get a lot more opportunities to redeem yourself.”If it’s 50 overs, when you don’t have a good 10-overs, that’s it. You have ample chances do it in red-ball games. Test cricket is pretty much the same as first-class — know what your strengths are and stick to them.”Australia lead the Ashes 1-0 after their 251-run win at Edgbaston.Also Read | Ashes: Justin Langer expects flat and dry wicket at Lord’s in 2nd TestAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Jofra ArcherFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow 2nd testFollow Eng vs AUSlast_img read more

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first_imgBRIAN O’DRISCOLL HAS moved to nip World Cup 2015 speculation in the bud by declaring ‘one more year’ means just that.The Leinster centre, who has recovered from his back spasm and hopes to start Saturday’s Pro12 Final against Ulster, fronted his team’s press briefing at UCD today. O’Driscoll declared he had shot all talk of staying on after 2013/14 down during his interview on the Second Captain’s podcast.The IRFU announced last Thursday that the Dubliner had signed a one-year contract extension but, with the World Cup kicking off in England in September 2015, inevitable speculation linked a fit O’Driscoll to a final Webb Ellis tilt.He told TheScore.ie, “I’ve signed for one more year and, as far as I’m concerned, that will be that.”The 34-year-old said he was sick of answering the same questions about his future all season and added ‘you get sick of your own voice giving the same answers’.He added, “Once I was able to say what the season, definitively, was, it was a big relief because I know exactly what’s coming next year.”Asked if he was happy to be fit again, after missing the Amlin Cup Final, O’Driscoll remarked, “Genie, my sole focus right now is getting right for a Rabo Final. You work all season to get to this point and we’ve felt a fair bit of pain [losing league finals] over the last three seasons around the Saturday afternoon of this time of the year.“We want to put that right and though it isn’t technically a home venue for us, it is home.”With regard to Ulster being the home team for the final, Leinster manager Guy Easterby confirmed that Mark Anscombe’s men, who topped the league standings, did not seek to shift the Blues from their home dressing room.Forwards coach Jono Gibbes added it was “unlikely” that Sean O’Brien would feature in the Saturday clash with Ulster.It would be devastating if Leinster lost the Pro12 Final – Cian HealyUlster’s landmark season ‘all for nothing’ if final is lost, says Bestlast_img read more

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