It will be a high-voltage affair when defending champions Australia goes up against the top-ranked ODI side England in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 on June 25 (Tuesday) at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. The war of word; however, have started with English seamer Jofra Archer issuing a warning to Steven Smith saying that there will be nothing friendly during the game.
There will be nothing friendly: Archer
Meanwhile, England’s chances of making it to the semifinal smoothly received a setback following their defeat against Sri Lanka. The hosts, who came into the tournament as the favourites, now enter the toughest phase of their World Cup with three difficult matches, starting with the one against Australia, needing a win. They will go up against India and New Zealand in their remaining two group league games. To top that, the hosts will be without their start opener Jason Roy due to a hamstring pull.
Despite all the negatives, England have the pedigree to beat the Aussies and make a turnaround. Their star pacer Jofra Archer has already issued a warning to former Australia skipper Steven Smith. Archer and Smith were teammates in the Rajasthan Royals during the IPL. He said that there will be nothing friendly during the game as he will look to add to his tally of 15 wickets in the World Cup.
“Yes, and I’d like to think he considers me the same way as well. He’s a really good guy. But cricket is cricket and I guess it’s time to be friends after. Until the game is over, there will be nothing friendly about it,” Archer said.
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Furthermore, Jofra Archer said that playing in IPL together will help him and Ben Stokes while planning against Steven Smith. The right-handed batsman has been in good form ever since he returned to the national team and will hope to play a crucial role against England. Archer revealed that most of the batsmen preferred to take throw down and didn’t liked playing him or West Indies quick Oshane Thomas.
“To be honest, I didn’t bowl at him much. But when you play with them you pick up on things you won’t normally notice when you’re just playing against them. So hopefully me and Ben can get together, I think we might bowl together at some point as well. We probably know what to do when he’s in,” Archer concluded.