Jofra Archer admits he was “over the moon” to pick up his first first Test five-wicket haul.

Archer took six Australia wickets on the second day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

England were initially frustrated by rain and bad light after winning the toss and choosing to bowl in Leeds.

But Archer saved the day by taking five wickets after tea to bowl the tourists out for 179.

“I’m over the moon actually,” the bowler told Sky Sports.

“I thought I bowled well at Lord’s but Lord’s you bowl a lot of good balls sometimes without any rewards.

“I’m just glad I got some reward today.”

Archer was regularly bowling at above 90mph in his Test debut at Lord’s last week.

He was slower on Thursday at Headingley but he says that is due to the hill at the ground as well as the weather conditions.

“It wasn’t a plan [to bowl slower] or left over [from Lord’s],” he added.

“It was a steep hill, strong wind.

“I believe if I put the ball in a good area I will get wickets, even if I’m bowling 88 or 87 [mph].”

England will start their first innings on Friday and former skipper Michael Vaughan says the batsmen now need to back up the bowlers.

“A day that looked really bad for England has ended up looking like an almost perfect day,” Vaughan told the BBC.

“England’s batsmen have to stick their hands up and say it’s their job to make a big hundred and put their side really on top.

“They grabbed the last session and it’s up to the team to realise that if you have a session like that, don’t throw it away tomorrow.

“Don’t let Australia back into the game, nicking off with big drives.

“This is not a ground to go looking for runs on the drive too early.”



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