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Ashes 2019: Shoaib Akhtar unhappy with Jofra Archer’s reaction after hitting Steve Smith with a bouncer

The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ Shoaib Akhtar was not impressed by Jofra Archer’s behavior after hitting Steve Smith with a fiery bouncer. Smith was knocked down after a 92.4 mph bouncer hit him on the unprotected part of the neck below the left ear on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test.

English players and the medical team rushed to check Steve Smith, but Jofra went back to his bowling mark without checking on the batsman.



Smith was forced to walk off the field after this incident.

Shoaib was baffled by Jofra’s act and took social media platform Twitter to express his disappointment. He tweeted, “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.

Smith was back to the crease after passing the medical assessments 40 minutes later.

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