Tim Paine says Australia are ready to weather the Jofra Archer storm in second Ashes Test

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Australia Test skipper Tim Paine.

Tim Paine believes Australia have seen Jofra Archer at his fastest but admitted there will be occasions when the paceman will prove problematic.

Archer is expected to make his much-anticipated Test debut for England at Lord’s on Wednesday, fresh from a World Cup campaign in which he was the champions’ leading wicket-taker with 20 scalps.

The Barbados-born speedster can exceed 90mph but he is not an unknown quantity for Australia, with Paine pointing out most of his side’s batsmen have either faced him in the World Cup or in a domestic Twenty20 franchise competition.

Paine said: “A lot of our guys have seen Jofra or faced him which is a plus. It’s been in white-ball cricket but we’ve actually faced him in Australia where conditions suit fast bowling.

“We’ve seen him at his fastest, they know what to expect, they know how skilful he is and how good he is.

“Like most bowlers that play Test cricket there will be times where he’s going to be a real threat and we’re going to have to weather that.”

Regarding the omission of Pattinson, Paine revealed he was available for selection but that Australia were taking a broader view with regards to the paceman, whose workload will be managed.

Paine added: “We’ve spoken to our group of bowlers about making sure that we have that core group of bowlers going forward for the next two or three years, they’re all still quite young in age.

“In James’ case in particular he’s come back off a really long lay-off, a really serious operation, and we want to make sure he’s cherry-ripe for the next three or four years.

“I think what we’ve done in the past with James is we’ve got him back, we know how good he is so we keep using him and keep bowling him and eventually he’s broken again.

“We’re really lucky that we’ve got two bowlers on the sidelines that are world-class and we want to make sure James is cherry-ripe every time he plays.”

Starc and Hazlewood were two surprise omissions in Birmingham, with Australia’s four-man frontline attack comprising of Pat Cummins, Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon.

Paine added: “They’re both world-class bowlers and when you leave guys like that out, particularly two of them out at a time, you can see what sort of people they are.

“We’ve been really impressed with both of them. They were both disappointed but they’re both excellent team men.

“It’s always nice from a captaincy point of view when you’ve got two senior, world-class players left out, they cop it on the chin and run drinks and train their backsides’ off at lunch and tea breaks, it sets a really good example for the rest of our team.

“We’re absolutely rapt with the way they’ve gone about it and whichever one of those two we unleash, they’re certainly ready to go.”

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England's Moeen Ali taking a short break from all forms of cricket after Ashes omission

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Moeen Ali (l) was dropped for the second Ashes Test.

England all-rounder Moeen Ali is taking a short break from all forms of cricket after being omitted from the squad to face Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s this week.

Moeen contributed just four runs in the opening Test defeat at Edgbaston and offered neither control nor a consistent threat with his off-spin in taking unflattering figures of two for 130 in 29 overs in Australia’s second innings.

He was therefore overlooked in favour of slow left-armer Jack Leach at the ‘Home of Cricket’, and on Tuesday Moeen’s county Worcestershire announced he would now take a “short break from action”.

Worcestershire first-team coach Alex Gidman said on the club website: “Mo is spending a little time away from the middle recharging his batteries and putting in some quality practice time which he feels he needs, and we completely respect.

“He has had an intense schedule of international cricket involving the ICC World Cup and the start of the Ashes.

“Mo loves playing for Worcestershire and he gives a lift to everyone in the dressing room when he comes back and plays for us. We look forward to when he returns soon.”

Moeen is the world’s leading Test wicket-taker over the last 12 months, with 48 scalps in 10 matches at an average of 25.27, yet he has struggled for form in recent outings.

Indeed, he was dropped as the World Cup reached a conclusion over concerns about his batting.

In Tests, he has registered seven single-figure scores in his last nine innings, with his career average dipping below 30.

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England skipper Joe Root cannot wait to unleash Jofra Archer against Australia

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Jofra Archer could make his England Test debut at Lord's.

Joe Root has no problem unleashing Jofra Archer on Australia as England hope to level the Ashes series during the second Test at Lord’s.

The 24-year-old paceman was named in a 12-man England squad alongside spinner Jack Leach and looks certain to make his Test debut on Wednesday.

And captain Root is excited to see what Archer can bring to red-ball cricket after starring during the victorious World Cup campaign.

Root told a press conference: “He is certainly very confident and that’s great to see in a young guy, as he should be after the World Cup.

“And, as he made very clear, it’s his preferred format so again I’m very excited to see at the start of his journey.

“If anything, it will motivate him and when he gets the chance he will be desperate to prove to everyone how good he is. That’s what you want and he won’t shy away from the challenge.”

Root was full of praise for left-arm seamer Sam Curran, who could also line-up at Lord’s after Moeen Ali was dropped.

Root added: “Sam is a brilliant talent and can change the game with bat and ball.

“His record is fantastic and has had a huge impact in most of the games he has played and is a promising young talent who I’m sure will play a huge amount of Test cricket.”

Shortly before the press conference started, Moeen’s county Worcestershire announced the all-rounder would take a short break from cricket following a demanding schedule in recent months.

Root said: “It is not the last time we have seen him. Mo is a fine cricketer.”

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