Jofra Archer thought he could rip my head off: Matthew Wade on facing the fired-up England pacer
Matthew Wade and Jofra Archer exchanged fiery looks on more than once occasion (Reuters Photo)
- Wade and Archer's duel on Day 4 of the 5th Test was one of the highlights of The Ashes
- Wade battled through Archer's fiery spell and ended up scoring 117 off 166 balls
- But Wade's defiant century went in vain as England beat Australia by 135 runs to draw the series 2-2
Australia batsman Matthew Wade praised Jofra Archer after the final Test on Sunday, claiming that the England fast bowler just didn't slow down in the final session on Day 4 at The Oval and showed signs of fatigue or tiredness.
Wade and Archer's duel in the final moments of the fifth Test was one of the highlights of the Ashes series which ended in a 2-2 draw with England winning the fifth match by 135 runs in London on Sunday.
Wade battled through Archer's fiery spell and ended up scoring 117 off 166 balls to finish as Australia's top-scorer in what was otherwise a disappointing performance from the visitors with the bat in their final innings.
Wade and Archer even came face-to-face, exchanged fiery looks and a few words on more than once occasion. But the wicketkeeper-batsman described those moments as "just good hard Test cricket".
"We all thought he'd slow down eventually but I can tell you that, through that spell, he certainly didn't slow down too much, and he kept coming. He just keeps coming and coming.
"I felt like I could deal with what he was delivering, and he obviously thought he could rip my head off or get me out. It was a good battle, there was a little bit of banter, no words really. Just good, hard Test cricket.
"That's what I expected coming into an Ashes series, I'd never played an Ashes series before and the way Jofra has taken to Test cricket - I knew he was obviously a freakish talent - and when he was around the England team I knew he'd be playing this series.
"That's what Test cricket is. Especially Ashes cricket, you've got to be ready for the contest. It's a take-no-prisoners kind of environment when you walk onto the ground and when you walk off the ground, all is forgotten," Wade said after the match.
Wade's defiant century though, proved in vain as England bowled Australia out for 263 to win the final Test and ensure the first drawn Ashes series since 1972.
Wade had looked set to take the match into the final day but he was stumped off a delivery from Joe Root (2-26) and England grabbed the last two wickets in quick succession to level the series. Stuart Broad took 4-62 and spinner Jack Leach 4-49 for the hosts.