Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar. (Credit: Getty Images)

Former Australia skipper Steve Smith suffered a nasty blow on his head on day four of the 2nd Ashes Test against England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. The injury reminded fans from both sides of the destructive blow that caused Phil Hughes’ life. Despite that, England crowd continued to boo Smith while Jofra Archer shared a smile with his teammate. It didn’t go well with many of them and former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar slammed Archer for his behaviour towards Smith.

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Smith, who was at his task once again reviving Australia’s innings after losing a few wickets early. He partnered the lower-order to help the Aussies post a challenging total in reply to England’s 258. The host tried many ways to get Steve Smith out with Jofra Archer targetting his body at almost 150 kmph. In the afternoon session when Smth was batting at 70, a bouncer from the debutant struck Smith’s forearm. Struggling in pain but Buttler continued to carry on, but ten runs later another vicious bouncer from Arche caught Smith off-guard.

Steve Smith | Jofra Archer
Steve Smith (Credits: Twitter)

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The ball clocked Steve Smith in the back of the neck forcing him to retire hurt. The spectators present at the Lord’s booed Smith in unison while Jofra Archer kept himself away from the batsman and shared a laugh with Jos Buttler. While Archer revealed that he skipped a beat after Smith went down, but Shoaib Akhtar slammed the young fast bowler for his attitude to Smith.

“Bouncers are a part & parcel of the game but whenever a bowler hits a batsman on the head and he falls, courtesy requires that the bowler must go & check on him. It was not nice of Archer to just walk away while Smith was in pain. I was always the first one to run to the batsman,” Shoaib Akhtar tweeted. 

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Ankush Das

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