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Stokes warns Australia to expect more bouncers from Archer
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Stokes warns Australia to expect more bouncers from Archer

Ben Stokes has told Australia to expect more hostile pace bowling form Jofra Archer in the remaining Tests of the ongoing Ashes series.

Archer produced a remarkable spell of fast bowling on his Test debut, registering match figures of 5-91 in the drawn clash.

His rapid speeds in excess of the 90mph mark routinely hurried the Australian batsmen, who never looked comfortable facing the vicious bouncers dished out by the 24-year-old.

The pinnacle of Archer's brazen aggression and quality pace was when a 92mph bouncer from the lanky bowler struck Steve Smith on the back of his neck forcing the star batsman to leave the field and miss out on the last day due to a delayed onset of concussion.

"It's part of the game and a big part of Jofra's game, being aggressive, not letting batsmen settle," said Stokes.

"When someone takes a nasty blow no bowler is going to say 'I'm not going to bowl that again because I don't want to hit them again'," Stokes added.

"The concern is always there when someone takes it, but next ball, when you get back to the mark, it's 'I'm going to keep doing it'."

'Everything is so rhythmical with Jofra'

Smith copped a blow on his left forearm, which sparked concerns about a possible fracture, before being hit on the neck that rules him out of the third Test at Headingley.

The 30-year-old was replaced with Marnus Labuschagne making it the first concussion substitute in cricket history.

He too was greeted by an intimidating thunderbolt from Archer, striking him flush on the grille of his helmet.

Stokes felt Archer's effortless delivery stride even while firing in a bouncer makes him a dangerous bowler to deal with.

He believed Archer's extra pace added the missing component in England's bowling attack and could in the long-run prove to be pivotal in overturning the hosts' 1-0 deficit in the five-match series.

"Everything is so rhythmical with Jofra it is tough to see when that bouncer is coming," said Stokes.

"There's no 'tell'. He bowled a lot of them, but they don't seem to pick it up.

"He gives another dimension to our bowling attack. The first innings he bowled 29 overs but his last spell of eight was one of the best out-and-out fast bowling spells I have seen since I started playing," he added.

"We've seen (Australia's) Mitchell Johnson do it to us, especially in 2013, but Jofra just makes it look so easy. I'd rather have him on my team than have to face him. He's a frightening talent.

"The sky is the limit for him and he's a great addition to our Test team."

England's fragile top-order continues to be underwhelming, with suggestions regarding altering the batting order gaining traction.

Stokes was promoted up the order in the second innings at Lord's - a change which worked in England's favour as he top-scored with an unbeaten 115.

"It just depends on what happens in the game," he said.

"I went to six because my bowling workloads have gone up in the last few years. I'm sure it will change.

"We're a very versatile batting line-up, some days it might be Jonny Bairstow at five, some days Jos Buttler, some days me. We're all capable, it just depends on workloads."