The battle between Steve Smith and Jofra Archer has taken another turn before the third Ashes Test at Headingley in Leeds. Although Jofra Archer’s bouncer left Steve Smith out of the third Test, Archer made sure fans don’t miss Smith. He was seen emulating Smith’s unique batting style in the nets.
The battle started at Lord’s when Steve Smith was going strong and a 148 kmph bouncer from Jofra Archer hit the uncovered area of Steve Smith’s neck. Smith fell down on the ground and retired hurt at 80. After some time he returned to bat and scored 92 before Chris Woakes finally dismissed him. Later, he failed the second concussion test and eventually ruled out from the third test which is scheduled to begin from August 22.
However, the Barbadian-born English pace-spearhead was seen copying the unique style of Smith, especially his left deliveries. Steve Smith has a tendency to leave the ball by removing his bat from the route-map of the ball and that became an instant hit among the fans.
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On the other hand, Jofra Archer is one of those bowlers who can destroy opposition’s batting single-handedly. He made an instant impact with his pace, accurate line, length and dangerous bouncers. He was the leading wicket-taker for England in the ICC World Cup.
England captain Joe Root also said Steve Smith’s absence will make a huge difference in the next Test in Leeds. He even urged his players to use the opportunity to level the series in his absence as he was the one behind Australia’s 251-run win in the first Test. Smith scored twin tons there.
“They will be huge shoes to fill. It’s very unfortunate on their part but we had the challenge of Jimmy going down four overs into a Test match and had to manage that without a replacement. You get these swings within a big series like this every now and again and when you get your opportunity you’ve got to jump on it. There was a lot of concern in our dressing room for his health but it’s great to see he’s up and about and is fine,” said Joe Root in the pre-match press conference.