Jofra Archer smiles after injuring Steve Smith with nasty bouncer; Twitterati reacts

On the fourth day of the second Ashes test at Lords on Saturday, the Australian batsman Steve Smith was retired hurt after he was hit on the side of his head by a bouncer that was sent by the English bowler Jofra Archer.

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Steve Smith was very much in the vicinity of his third successive hundred in test matches, but when he was on 80, he got hit by a ball by Archer, which was timed at 92.5 mph and he turned his head away.

Steve Smith fell on the ground with his face forward and was forced to receive on-field treatments that lasted several minutes. Both the Australian and England medical teams came to Smith's help as he fell on the ground after the bouncer by Jofra Archer hit him.

Jofra Archer was making his test debut in this match and he also struck Steve Smith on his unprotected forearms previously with another bouncer.

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The Twitter fans of Jofra Archer was very much disappointed at seeing his behavior as he didn't come to check up Smith and was just smiling after hitting him. But Steve Smith quickly came back to his feet and had a long conversation with Richard Saw, the Australian team doctor.

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After his conversation, Steve Smith decided to opt for retired hurt and also got a great amount of applause while he was walking back to the pavilion.

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At the time when Steve Smith went retired hurt, Australia was reeling at a score of 203 runs for the loss of 6 wickets, and it was 55 runs behind the 258 runs first innings score of England.

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In this innings Steve Smith became the first batsman to score seven consecutive scores of fifty or more in an Ashes series. He also had scores of 144 and 142 runs in the first Test match at Edgbaston last week, which Australia won by 251 runs.

by Ricky Tandon | Mon, Aug 19 - 11:20 AM

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