Jofra Archer Becomes Terror for the Batsmen
Jofra Archer is becoming a terror for batsmen the young English star terrorizes the opposition with her fast pace. His duel with Steve Smith in the second Ashes Test 2019 that just ended will go down in history as one of the best the game has ever seen. It was an intriguing battle that ended with Smith leaving the field after receiving a bad blow to the neck.
The former Australian skipper, who had been well on his way, escaped a new wave of delivery and finally got the hit. He soon fell to the ground before leaving. Smith returned to action after a while but was later concussed. It is now uncertain for the next third test, which will begin on Thursday.
In the same game, Jofra Archer had welcomed Marnus Labuschagne with a bouncer. Labuschagne had replaced Smith in the game as a concussion substitute but had started his innings in the worst possible way. However, he had managed to score fifty to help Australia draw the game and maintain its lead in the series.
Speaking of Jofra Archer, he hit a player with his delivery 15 times since his debut in May this year. According to CricViz, no other bowler hit a batsmen’s body or helmet several times. Pat Cummins is second in the list with 12 shots followed, followed by nine by Mark Wood.
Kemar Roach and Kagiso Rabada rounded out the top five. New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson is sixth. Shannon Gabriel, Chris Woakes, Andre Russell, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood hit a player with their deliveries four times.