Jofra Archer, an England paceman, thought that his aggressive bowling to Steve Smith in the second Test of the 2019 Ashes series could have killed him. The cricketing fraternity, according to Jofra Archer, could not afford another casualty on the field.
Jofra Archer’s match against Steve Smith was one of the most exciting in Test cricket history. Smith was rocked by Archer’s barrage of short-pitched balls. Including one that knocked him out also in the first innings. After being hit in the head, he became concussed.
“I think in England personally when the ball hits you it can feel a lot worse than it is because sometimes it’s a bit cold and I thought it was that until I actually saw him roll … when he went down and then he rolled on his back, I went ‘oh dear,’ you know. I thought it was very serious, but he came out and he batted again. Obviously you don’t ever want a cricket related death. There was one already and there’s no need for another one. It’s hard enough trying to get the kids to come and play cricket.” he said
Smith was able to bat in the first innings after suffering a concussion, but he also was unable to do so in the second. The 32-year-old also missed the third Test, which England won by a wicket at Headingley.
Smith had an outstanding Ashes campaign, scoring 774 runs at 110.57 in four Tests. The Herculean efforts of the former Australian skipper were vital in Australia retaining the urn.