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England bowler Jofra Archer not only hurt Smith he may have altered the complexion of the Ashes
Australia withstood a final day charge from England as a thrilling second Ashes Test finished in a nail-biting draw, and although Ben Stokes won the man of the match award thanks to his brilliant century, everyone is talking about Jofra Archer.
England’s new spearhead made quite an impact at Lord’s and his introduction appears to have shifted the momentum in England’s favour. His raw pace has shaken Australia’s batsman, and his felling of Steve Smith – struck in the neck by a vicious bouncer on Saturday and ruled out of the match – could be the pivotal moment of the series.
“Joe Root said Jofra Archer has changed the dynamic of England’s attack and given Australia something to think about after the tourists clung on for a tense draw,” says The Guardian. “Australia will take their 1-0 lead to Headingley for Thursday’s third Ashes Test but may be without Steve Smith after their talismanic batsman was ruled out before the final day here with delayed concussion symptoms.”
The drama at Lord’s even relegated the Premier League to the status of support act for most papers. But the Star leads with the news that Frank Lampard has warned his young Chelsea side that they “must learn their lessons quickly” after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester as the new Blues boss returned to Stamford Bridge. The result leaves Lampard without a win this season, although Mason Mount gave the fans cause for hope with a well-taken opening goal.