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Shane Warne predicts Jofra Archer trouble for Steve Smith as England announce Ashes squad

SHANE WARNE believes Jofra Archer will prove to be England’s not-so-secret weapon in the battle with Steve Smith at Lord’s.

Shane Warne predicts Jofra Archer trouble for Steve Smith as England announce Ashes squad (Image: GETTY)

England have ditched the out of form Moeen Ali and drafted in the left arm off spin of Jack Leach in a bid to find the former Aussie skipper’s kryptonite.

But Warne is in no doubt that Archer represents the biggest test for Smith in St John’s Wood as England battle to rescue their Ashes campaign.

“Smith has been the star of the show so far but now we have Jofra,” he said.

“I would love to see Steve go on and score a hundred in every single innings for the rest of the series.

“But with Jofra coming in I think he’ll be set to face his biggest challenge yet and this could make the different in the upcoming Tests. No one likes to face tall 90mph bowlers.

“The loss of Anderson was such a blow for England and they will really need Jofra to step up but I think he has all the attributes to do just that.”

Anderson was ruled out of the second Test last Tuesday and looks unlikely to return until the fifth Test at The Oval if he makes it back at all.

Moeen Ali faces a similarly uncertain short-term future as well after England lost patience with his declining fortunes and loss of confidence.

Shane Warne predicts Jofra Archer trouble for Steve Smith as England announce Ashes squad (Image: GETTY)Shane Warne predicts Jofra Archer trouble for Steve Smith as England announce Ashes squad (Image: GETTY)

The off-spinner’s 3-172 and scores of 0 and 4 with the bat proved the last straw for a player who was axed earlier this summer from the starting XI during the World Cup as well.

And while Leach made 92 with the bat against Ireland his three overs with the ball went for 26 which is unlikely to spread fear amongst the Australian batting line up.

England hope his angle of attack can unsettle Smith who has proved (relatively) susceptible to left arm orthodox spin during his career.

However it is Archer’s pace which England are banking on proving the big point of difference as they seek to down Smith after an attack depleted by Anderson’s injury in Birmingham ran out of ideas and steam.

Australia captain Tim Paine insisted his side were ready for whatever England attack lined up at Lord’s as they seek to hammer home their series advantage.

Shane Warne predicts Jofra Archer trouble for Steve Smith as England announce Ashes squad (Image: GETTY)Shane Warne predicts Jofra Archer trouble for Steve Smith as England announce Ashes squad (Image: GETTY)

“We’ve heard a lot of talk about changes in their team and changes in conditions but it is about being able to adapt to any side that they bring out,” he said.

Australia look set to unleash a fresh bowling attack at Lord’s after Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were put through their paces in an impressive run out in the three day tour game against Worcestershire.

Hazlewood could be the one to step up after taking 3-34 in 15 overs. Starc took 2-56 in a drawn match

England squad for second Ashes Test: Root (capt), Archer, Bairstow (wkt), Broad, Burns, Buttler, Curran, Denly, Leach, Roy, Stokes, Woakes.

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