England made a stunning start to the second semifinal of the ICC World Cup 2019 after Australia opted to bat first at Edgbaston in Manchester. They lost their openers early before a deadly bouncer from Jofra Archer knock of Alex Carey’s helmet as the batsman failed to react to it.

Carey suffers injury blow

English seamers Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes were brilliant with the new ball removing the in-form Australian openers – Aaron Finch and David Warner in the first three overs. To make things worse, debutant Peter Handscomb also went back to the pavilion scoring four runs to leave Australia at 14 for three in just 6.1 overs.

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The incident took place in the eighth over when Jofra Archer bowled a deadly bouncer to Alex Carey. The Aussie wicket-keeper batsman copped a blow on his chin, and he immediately signalled towards the dressing room. It was a nasty short ball from Archer which kept climbing onto the left-hander giving him no chance to react. Carey did all he could, hopped across, dropped his wrists and managed to drop the ball to the off-side – such was the impact, but he ended up with the helmet in his hands.

Alex Carey immediately started bleeding from his chin as the Australian physio rushed to the ground to take care of the batsman. Medical staff put a plaster on Carey, and he rapidly returned to the crease. However, much to the joy of the Australian camp, Carey recovered in time to continue with his batting. The England players showed concern for their opponent and know the kind of damage Archer’s express pace can do.

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