Jason Roy receives treatment after being hit by a ball during a nets session.
Jason Roy receives treatment after being hit by a ball during a nets session.

Ashes bouncer barrage claims two more

JUSTIN Langer is adamant this Ashes won't turn into a battle of the bouncers as it emerged Jofra Archer may have had retribution in mind when unleashing hell at Lord's.

The drawn second Test was a short-pitched shootout in London, where Archer was in his element on debut, and the expectation is there will be more of the same when the series continues in Leeds on Thursday.

However, Australia coach Langer made it clear his team have more interest in retaining the urn with a win rather than getting "caught up in an emotional battle of who's going to bowl the quickest bouncers".

But his message failed to reach both teams during their final net session ahead of the third Test getting underway at Headingley.

Steve Smith's concussion replacement Marnus Labuschagne copped a frightening blow from Archer shortly after arriving at the crease on the final day at Lord's and he was once again on the receiving end at the hands of teammate Mitchell Starc.

Marnus gets checked over by Australia’s team doctor.
Marnus gets checked over by Australia’s team doctor.

It was equally as aggressive in the English nets with under-fire batsman Jason Roy copping a nasty hit from ex-Test star Marcus Trescothick, who is helping in practice.

Roy underwent a concussion assessment after being hit on the side of the neck and will be checked over by medical staff who will determine if he's fit to play in the third Test.

The England opener, who was wearing a neck guard, was not grounded by the hit but double over in pain before removing his helmet and feeling his neck.

Australia are expected to resist any urge to recall Starc, whose strong suit is bounce, but James Pattinson is likely to return to the XI.

The Aussies are set to stick with the top six that secured a draw at Lord's, while Langer made it clear his attack wanted to win the Test rather than "see how many helmets we can hit … or how many bruises we can give".

Roy felt the effects of the blow. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Roy felt the effects of the blow. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

"It's not an ego game, you've got to just keep trusting your skill," Langer said.

"The wicket will be quite slow, it's not going to be as fast as some of the other wickets we've seen.

"I'm sure the bouncer will still be part of every bowler's armoury, if it helps us get batsmen out then we'll use it, otherwise we'll keep sticking to the plan."

Anderson, who was at Lord's continuing his recovery from a calf injury last week, became the latest high-profile figure to heap immense praise on Archer.

"I don't know if any player has ever had such an impact on international cricket in the first three months of their career," he said.

News Corp Australia

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