Watch: Smith receives standing ovation from Lord’s crowd
Australia’s best batsman Steve Smith once again showed the world what he is capable of putting on a show especially in a game which mattered the most.
In the first Ashes Test, Smith chipped in with two centuries which helped the visitors take a staggering 251-run win over the hosts as they took 1-0 lead in the Ashes series. In the second Test, he again continued his surreal form while taking on the England bowlers.
From the word go, Smith was going in full flow at the Lord’s. He walked in to bat at 11/1 when opener David Warner got out early and was then involved in a 49-run second-wicket partnership with Colin Bancroft.
Despite the wickets were falling at the other end, Steve Smith was there to face the challenge at the other end and went on to score one more half-century, which was his 25th in Tests.
Just when it clearly appeared like he would steer his side to a great position and save the Test match, his stay at the crease remained doubtful after being hit by UK’s Jofra Archer’s lethal bouncer at 92.4 mph.
Steve Smith was looking good in 80 and was forced to retire hurt after a brutal bouncer from his Rajasthan Royals team-mate Jofra Archer during the 71st over.
Soon after Smith fell to the turf, the English players rushed towards him and checked whether he was alright.
However, Smith was back on his feet after receiving important medical treatment but planned to leave the field for further assessment.
As per the reports of a sports analyst, Jofra Archer’s average speed in that last over was 149.34 kph or 92.79mph which is the fastest over by any English Test bowler where data is available.
Archer’s brutal bouncer to Steve Smith:
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Smith receives a standing ovation from Lord’s audience. Here’s the video below:
Steve Smith came out to bat again and went on to score 92 runs to his name with the help of 14 fours before he was trapped for an LBW off Pat Cummins.