Jofra Archer hits Steve Smith on the neck

Ashes 2019: Twitter in shock as Steve Smith returns to bat after retiring hurt from Jofra Archer bouncer

Australia batsman Steve Smith was forced to retire hurt after being hit by England speedster Jofra Archer, then returned to bat on an extraordinary fourth day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Saturday.

Smith was struck on the neck just below the left ear by a 92.4 mph bouncer and paused his innings on 80.


He passed medical assessments and resumed 40 minutes later but was unsettled, playing an expansive heave at the second ball he faced.

The former Australian captain then committed an uncharacteristic error of judgement to play no stroke at a straight ball from Chris Woakes and was given out lbw on 92.

Australia was finally bundled out for 250 – a first-innings deficit of eight – shortly before a delayed Tea break.


Meanwhile, the Twitter world was blown away by Smith’s bravery.

Here are some of the tweets in praise of Smith:

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