Jofra Archer Opens Up After Hitting Steve Smith
Jofra Archer gives a nasty bouncer to Steve Smith on the fourth day at Lord’s in the second Ashes Test left haunted memories of Phil Hughes to fans on both sides. The rookie fast-paced gunner opened for the first time after the incident, which drew widespread criticism.
Archer struck Smith twice in a lightning bolt of fast bowling after Saturday’s lunch. He seriously injured the former Australian skipper’s left forearm before taking him down the neck with a vicious bouncer who forced him to withdraw injured. The Lord’s crowd collectively gasped when Smith hit the ground while Jofra Archer was seen laughing with teammate Jos Buttler.
The Barbados-born fast-paced gunner opened at the BBC Test Match special for the first time since the incident. Archer said it wasn’t pleasant to see, as no one wanted to see someone stretch off the field. He also added that everyone had no trouble at that moment after the Phil Hughes incident a few years ago.
“To see him come down, everyone stopped and everyone’s heart faded,” Archer told the BBC. “After he got up and moved, you breathe a sigh of relief. See someone fall, you never want to see someone being carried on a stretcher or you don’t want someone to miss a day or another game. Especially what happened a few years ago as well It’s never beautiful to see”.
Meanwhile, Steve Smith passed the concussion test and returned to the fold after Peter Siddle was sent off. But after 15 minutes of a difficult play, Smith was up against Chris Woakes for 92 minutes. It was then revealed that he would no longer participate in the Test match. Steve Smith will not participate in third Ashes test 2019 series.