England fast bowler Joffra Archer said he had no plans to injure veteran Australian batsman Steve Smith during the second Ashes Test but ‘everyone’s heartbeat stopped for a moment’ when he fell on the ground. Smith had to leave the crease on Saturday due to an injury to Archer’s ball in the second season. The star batsman was then playing for 80 runs, while England paceman Archer, who was hit at a speed of 92.3 mph, hit his neck and head.
Smith fell face down. The helmet he was wearing did not have neck protection. The helmet was made after the death of Philip Hughes in a home match in Sydney in 2014 following a bouncer.
Smith was treated on the ground by medical personnel from Australia and England. He then got up and decided to retire retired after a lengthy conversation with Australian team doctor Richard Saw.
Smith was off the ground again after Peter Siddle was out after being off the ground for 46 minutes and then hit fours off Chris Vox’s second and third balls. But when he was 92, Vox has trapped lbw. This was the first time in the series that England bowlers took their wickets before completing a century.
Archer was criticized on social media for not showing seriousness on the field after Smith was injured but said in an interview, “I had no such plan (to hurt the batsman)”. You try to take a wicket first. Everyone stopped beating for a moment while he was falling. ‘