Jofra Archer drew a lot of criticism in the second Ashes Test at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. On Day Four, the Barbados-born churned out a vicious bouncer that hit Steve Smith around the neck. The batsman went down in pain and had to undergo a concussion test. The batter was on 80 at that point in time and then he came to bat, only to fall short of a century at the score of 92.
At the time when Smith was helplessly laying on the ground, Archer didn’t go up to him. Rather, he walked up to Jos Buttler and had a smile, something which didn’t please the netizens by any stretch of the imagination. The people lashed out at the Test debutant and also questioned his sportsman spirit. The Sydney-born Smith was thereafter ruled out for the ruled out of the encounter.
Marnus Labuschagne became the first concussion substitute and he came out to bat in Australia’s second innings on Day five. Archer even hit him on the helmet once. However, he scored a gutsy half-century that helped the visitors save themselves from a defeat.
Shoaib Akhtar lambasts Jofra Archer
Meanwhile, Archer’s approach, which was deemed as poor by many, didn’t go down well with Shoaib Akhtar either. The former Pakistan fast bowler said that Archer should have enquired about Smith’s well-being. Akhtar stated that he himself used to go to the batters when he hit them on helmets.
The Rawalpindi Express took to Twitter and wrote, “Bouncers are a part & parcel of the game but whenever a bowler hits a batsman on the head and he falls, courtesy requires that the bowler must go & check on him. It was not nice of Archer to just walk away while Smith was in pain. I was always the first one to run to the batsman,”
Here is Shoaib’s tweet
Bouncers are a part & parcel of the game but whenever a bowler hits a batsman on the head and he falls, courtesy requires that the bowler must go & check on him. It was not nice of Archer to just walk away while Smith was in pain. I was always the first one to run to the batsman.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) August 18, 2019
‘Hope you are alright mate, cause there are a few more bouncers coming’
In the meantime, Yuvraj Singh, the former Indian cricketer, added a humorous angle to a rather scathing tweet from Akhtar. Yuvraj replied to Shoaib and wrote, “Yes, you did ! But your actual words were hope your alright mate cause there are a few more coming,”
Here is Yuvraj Singh’s reply
Yes you did ! But your actual words were hope your alright mate cause there are a few more coming 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤪
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 19, 2019
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