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Jofra Archer bowled consistently above 90mph during his impressive Test debut at Lord's. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Roddy Smith: Jofra Archer delivers timely bounce for Test cricket

Many people firmly believe that Test cricket is fading in popularity and needs to undergo a rethink. In recent months the ICC has brought in an official Test championship to provide ‘context’ to every game and introduced the first four-day Test. These welcome initiatives, however, have had significantly less impact on the longest format of the game than the debut of Jofra Archer in last week’s second Ashes Test. Archer’s battle with Steve Smith was some of the most compelling and riveting cricket seen for many years.

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