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Archer beamers panic Proteas in Centurion, receives warning


English pacer Jofra Archer, on Friday, was warned by referee Andy Pycroft for threatening bowling against South Africa in the ongoing first Test at the Super Sport Park in Centurion. 

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Archer bowled two beamers in consecutive deliveries to nightwatchman Anrich Nortje in the penultimate over of the second day that saw 15 wickets fall with England edging towards a probable defeat.

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Archer, therefore, reportedly being warned by match officials but not formally sanctioned.

It was seen that square leg umpire Paul Reiffel signalled no ball after Nortje ducked under the second beamer which would have led to Archer being banned from bowling for the rest of the second innings.

But Archer and Broad approached to the umpire, pleaded for mercy that the second delivery was not as high as the first one, the Australian umpire seemed to change his mind after consulting with his colleague Chris Gaffaney.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and coach Mark Boucher got angry. They both seen approaching to the umpires room at the close of play before Pycroft told England captain Joe Root that Archer was on his final warning ahead of Saturday’s play.

Veteran South African bowler Vernon Philander who is going to bid adieu to international cricket at the end of this series said, “If you’re at square-leg and you call no-ball you’ve got to stand your ground. At no time did they actually cancel it.

“For me it’s plain and simple: we’re playing a game and we’re setting an example for the rest of the people coming into this game. You’ve got to make the right call,” he said.

“That’s why it’s called the purest format. Are we going to tolerate it at another game or are we going to put a stop to it right here? It’s in the hands of the umpires.

“Don’t try silly things that can cost you bowling another ball in the innings. The umpires have to make a call and hopefully it’s the right one for the game looking forward,” he added.

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