Video: Archer bowls consecutive beamers to Nortje
England speedster Jofra Archer is known for delivering some deadly bouncers in the game of cricket. We have seen him bowling some deadly balls to Steve Smith in the Ashes series. However, during the first Test match against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, match referee Andy Pycroft had warned Jofra Archer for intimidatory bowling on Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test.
After England were skittled out for a mediocre 181 to concede a 103-run first-innings lead after electing to field first. In reply, Jofra Archer was superb with the ball as he dismissed both Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis.
Nonetheless, with only one ball left in his last over of the day, Archer lost total control over the ball as he narrowly avoided disaster.
The 24-year-old bowler not only accidentally released one 141km/h beamer at Proteas nightwatchman Anrich Nortje but two times in a row.
On-field Umpire Paul Reiffel had initially considered both to have no balls, before changing his mind with the second one.
Consecutive beamers could have seen fast bowler Jofra Archer taken off from the English attack for the rest of the Test.
South African players were fumed over the reprieve, with skipper Du Plessis and newly appointed head coach Mark Boucher talking to the match referee after the end of the day’s play.
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Meanwhile, Vernon Philander had questioned the umpire’s call. “I suppose 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,” the South African said while speaking to the media.
“For me, it’s plain and simple. You are setting an example for the rest of the people looking into this game. You have to make the right call. Are you going to tolerate it at another game, or are we going to put a stop to it right here?,” he added.