Chris Woakes reveals the fastest spell he has ever seen
England fast bowler Chris Woakes has lavished praise on Jofra Archer for his fiery spell during the Ashes Test Championship. Chris Woakes who was watching this from fine leg said that Archer’s spell was the fastest he has ever witnessed.
The debutant Jofra Archer made an impressive stint with ball in hand right after the lunch season as he delivered balls in excess of 90mph with such ease and it was when he struck Steve Smith on the forearm first and then the glove and back of the neck, forcing him to walk away from the field due to safety concerns.
“You see quick bowling around the world but that was a prolonged spell of fast bowling, I don’t know the average but he was up around there every ball,” Woakes added.
“You could tell into was special, the crowd were certainly behind every ball. Everyone was watching.
“It was pretty special to be a part of. I have’t been on the field when someone has bowled that fast consistently.
“He certainly saved me trying to bowl bouncers at 82mph. It’s special to have someone in the team to bowl that kind of pace.
“On flat wickets when you need something special, it’s important you have that point of difference. Jofra has shown what he can do, to do that on Test debut and get bums off their seats is very special. It’s nice to have a guy like that on your side.”
Steven Smith was in all sorts of trouble after he was hit by Archer’s brutal bouncer as he had no option left but to fall on the ground immediately out in pain. The injured Smith received on-field treatment and also underwent subsequent concussion assessments before he made a rebound to play the game.
England fast bowler Chris Woakes spoke about the monstrous blow which brought Australia’s best batsman Smith to the ground.
He said: “You get a feel from the noise more than anything – you could hear it was fleshy, around the neck, and when that’s the case you worry as a player.
“Guys close in to the action, Jos was at short-leg, he knew straight away and went to check. That was nice to see and check he was okay.
“It was a serious spell, serious pace. Incredible to watch and thankfully having seen Steve on the balcony, he seems okay.”