On the fourth day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, the former Australian skipper Steve Smith was knocked down by a nasty bouncer from England pacer Jofra Archer. Smith was forced to retire hurt and walk-off the field for further medical assessments.
The incident occurred on the 77th over when Smith was batting on a score of 80 runs from 152 balls. A 92.4 mph bouncer struck Smith on the neck just below the left ear knocking him down.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports, the speedster expressed his thoughts about the incident. Jofra said, “It’s never a nice sight,
“I honestly don’t know what I was thinking at the time, seeing someone go down, you don’t ever want to see anyone carried off on a stretcher, or you don’t want to see them missing a day, or a game, especially with what happened a few years ago as well.”
Back in 2014, Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage after being hit by a bouncer on his neck, causing his death.
Jofra did attract some criticism on social media for his behavior after the incident as he walked away and didn’t check on 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 (@shoaib100mph) August 18, 2019