Cricket News England hope Jofra Archer is on target against Steve Smith in second Ashes Test

first_imgLondon: England are set to field a revamped attack featuring fast bowler Jofra Archer as they try to finally get Australia’s batting star Steve Smith out cheaply and level the Ashes in the second Test at Lord’s.Holders Australia, bidding to win their first away Ashes series for 18 years, humbled England last time out thanks in large part to Smith, who returned to this level following a 12-month ban for his involvement in a ball-tampering scandal with two centuries as they cruised to a 251-run first Test win at Edgbaston.England have only twice won the Ashes after losing the opener—when all-rounder Ian Botham turned the 1981 series on its head with several superb solo efforts, and in the thrilling 2005 contest which they edged 2-1.Defeat at Edgbaston was made worse for England by the fact that James Anderson, their all-time leading wicket-taker, broke down after bowling just four overs with a calf injury that has ruled the 37-year-old swing specialist out of a Lord’s encounter starting Wednesday.“We are very aware that England played without James Anderson, one of their best players and we got lucky,” said Australia coach Justin Langer.“That’s the truth of it, with him not playing. He’s a brilliant fast bowler, one of the all-time greats, so if he only bowls four overs for the match then we got lucky there.“Here at Lord’s there’s different conditions and different pressures so we just have to make sure we’re right for this Test match,” added the former Australia opener, who played at the ‘home of cricket’ for English county Middlesex.Anderson’s absence means England are set to give a Test debut to Archer, who will be returning to the ground where he bowled the dramatic Super Over that sealed a thrilling World Cup final win over New Zealand last month.But the 24-year-old, coached at Sussex by former Australia paceman Jason Gillespie, has played just 28 first-class matches and Langer was looking to his batsmen to wear Archer down in a way that’s not possible in a one-day international, where bowlers are restricted to a maximum of 10 overs.“It’s the same for everyone in Test cricket, get them into their second, third and fourth spells,” Langer said.‘More ready than ever’ -But a defiant Archer insisted he was ready for the challenge, having proved his fitness for Sussex in a 2nd XI match against Gloucestershire during which he took 6-27 in the first innings and then scored 108 after a side strain ruled him out of contention at Edgbaston.“I’ve played a lot more red-ball cricket and it’s my preferred format,” Archer said. “I’m more ready than I’ve ever been.“I bowled 50 overs in one game for Sussex and am the one usually bowling at the end.England are also set to field left-arm spinner Jack Leach, who scored a career-best 92 in the one-off Test win over Ireland at Lord’s last month, after Moeen Ali was dropped following the off-spinner’s lacklustre display at Edgbaston.Analysis by CricViz shows Smith averages a modest 34.90 against left-arm spin compared to a superb overall Test mark of nearly 63.But as for suggestions Smith had an inherent weakness when confronted with this type of bowling, Langer replied: “No, I don’t buy into it.“He has got this incredible ability to solve problems.” Australia could rotate their attack at Lord’s, with left-armer Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood looking to test an England top order prone to collapse.“Whether it’s a green top or a dry wicket, we have really good options,” said Langer.“We have six high-class fast bowlers and we’ll work out what’s going to be best for this Test match and the whole series.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Syracuse football opponent preview: What to know about Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Syracuse (2-0) welcomes Florida State (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) to the Carrier Dome on Saturday at noon. In week two, both SU and FSU played FCS opponents. The Orange thrashed Wagner, 62-10, while FSU defeated Samford, 36-26.Here’s what to know about Florida State headed into this week’s matchup:All-time series: Florida State leads, 10-1Last time they played: Syracuse lost 27-24 in Tallahassee last November behind two blocked field goals by FSU. The Orange, led by Eric Dungey, who played the majority of the game on a broken foot, more than doubled Florida State’s passing yards. Syracuse totaled more than 100 yards of total offense greater than the Seminoles. FSU ran 56 plays to SU’s 95 — but Cam Akers ran 22 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns. A blocked 43-yard field goal attempt sealed SU’s fate in the game’s waning seconds.The FSU report: Florida State has stumbled under new head coach Willie Taggart, with a loss at home against Virginia Tech and then the tight win over Samford just five days later.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTaggart came to FSU after the departure of former head coach Jimbo Fisher last offseason. Taggart, who coached Oregon in 2017, orchestrated two wins against Syracuse during his time at South Florida from 2013-16. The last time a Taggart-coached team played in the Carrier Dome was in 2016, when USF defeated Syracuse 45-20.Through two games, FSU’s defense has been stout. The Seminoles have allowed 10 second half points, none of which have come in the third quarter. In addition, FSU boasts the nation’s seventh-ranked third down defense, allowing a conversion 22.2 percent of the time. In the run game, which has been Syracuse’s best offensive category through two games, the Seminoles have held opponents to 2.75 yards per carry.Offensively, the Seminoles are led by redshirt sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois. Against Virginia Tech, Francois struggled, throwing for under 250 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions while being sacked five times. Against Samford, he led a comeback behind 320 yards passing and three touchdowns.How Syracuse beats FSU: Throughout the 11 meetings between the two programs all-time, FSU averages more than 200 yards per game on the ground. And in each of the last four meetings — all FSU victories —the Seminoles have had a 100-yard rusher. But with 10 offensive linemen playing in the first two games of 2018, FSU’s running game has struggled. If Syracuse can pressure the inexperienced offensive line with defensive penetration as well as strong play from the linebackers, FSU’s offense could turn stagnant. The Seminoles have been outscored 26-7 in the first quarter this season. That means if the Orange offense comes out hot, it may have a chance to get up early. After only one SU receiver caught a pass in week one against Western Michigan, five receivers reeled in balls in week two. Syracuse will need to spread the ball around like it did in week two to avoid relying on the run game against a stout FSU run defense.Player to watch: Cam Akers, running back, No. 3A season ago, Akers broke FSU’s freshman rushing record with 1,024 yards. With seven touchdowns and 5.3 yards per carry in 2017, Akers was named to the All-ACC third team. Though the Seminoles haven’t shredded either of their opponents on the ground so far this season, Akers has still averaged 5.6 yards per carry, which includes an 85-yard run against Virginia Tech. Akers has gained 63 percent of his yards after contact, ranking him third in the nation.center_img Published on September 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more