Video: Kane’s narrow escape against Archer’s bouncer
England fast bowler Jofra Archer is known for bowling at a brisk pace. He generates enough pace in every ball of the over and mounts pressure on the batsmen in the form of delivering deadly bouncers. Steve Smith got hit on his helmet after he failed to connect the bouncer delivered by Archer.
Case in point, Archer has had a lean patch in New Zealand. He hardly turned up the heat in the Test series as he picked just 2 wickets in 2 games. However, he delivered a bouncer during the passage of play.
The drama unfolded in the fourth day of the second Test of the just-concluded England’s tour of New Zealand in Hamilton, Kiwi captain Kane Williamson showcased terrific flexibility to escape from a brutal bouncer off Jofra Archer.
During the third delivery of the 18th over when Kane Williamson moved away from a delivery which gave initial impression of hitting him right on the helmet. However, at the last second, Kane Williamson made a flexible move.
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After resuming his innings at 37* on Day 5, Williamson batted superbly. He went on to score his 21st Test century and settled for a draw. He remained unbeaten at stumps on the final day, Kane Williamson scored 104* (234), scoring 11 fours.
Williamson got the much-needed support at the other end, thanks to veteran batsman Ross Taylor who scored his 19th Test century and in the process, he went on to become the fastest Kiwi batsman to score 7,000 Test runs and second fastest batsman to achieve the feat after Steve Smith.