England speedster Jofra Archer lived up to the hype of how intimidating he can be with his pace and hostility, as he forced Australia batsman Steve Smith to retire hurt with a ferocious bouncer during the third day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.
Smith, who dented England with his twin tons in the first Test at Edgbaston, was batting on 80* when Archer rattled him with a well-directed bouncer which clocked 92.4mph on speed gun.
Smith shuffled across and by the time he could think of tackling the bouncer, it was at him like a rapid rash. The former Australian skipper just could not avoid it and coped the blow on the top of the neck, just below the helmet.
Subsequently, Smith stayed down for a good few minutes as the England fielders rushed to his help before the physio was able to meet him on the field. After a brief assessment, Smith was retired and taken back into the pavilion, where the medical team further examined the batsman.
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Later, Steve Smith came out to bat and added 12 more runs to his tally before Chris Woakes trapped him plumb in front to reduce the visitors to 234/8 in their first innings. England had posted 258 in their first essay after being put into bat by Aussie skipper Time Paine.