Akhtar attacks Archer for his attitude towards Smith
Former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar has launched a scathing attack on England pacer Jofra Archer for not showing interest in checking up on Australian batsman Steve Smith after striking him on the neck by a brutal bouncer which knocked Australia’s best batsman down.
“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,” Rawalpindi Express tweeted on Sunday.
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
Steven Smith sustained two blows on day four of the second Test match at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Initially, he was struck on the elbow by UK’s Jofra Archer and then he received a striking blow on the neck by a bouncer bowled by the same bowler and Smith quickly went down.
England and Australia physios stormed onto the field and attended Smith after which the latter had left the park to have a concussion test. Sometime later, Smith came out to bat but some England supporters were not happy as they booed the player, which was truly disgusting.
Smith went about his business and scored a knock of 92 runs with 14 fours to his name.
If there is only one batsman in the Ashes that dominated the game through and through, it has to be Steven Smith. Australia’s best batsman had a perfect tonic in the Ashes Test Championship as he chipped in with magnificent centuries in both innings of the 1st Test match which also helped Australia register a colossal 259-run victory over the hosts as Australia took a 1-0 lead in the series.
Smith also surpassed Indian captain Virat Kohli to become the second-fastest batsman to score 25 Test centuries.
The Australian trio was involved in a ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in the year 2018 when led to a suspension for one year.
(With agency inputs)