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Yuvraj Singh takes cheeky dig at Shoaib Akhtar over Jofra Archer bouncer to Steve Smith

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 19 August 2019, 04:32 PM
Steve Smith was hit on the side of the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer but the bowler was criticised for not checking up on Smith. (Image credit: Getty Images)
Steve Smith was hit on the side of the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer but the bowler was criticised for not checking up on Smith. (Image credit: Getty Images)
HIGHLIGHTS
    • Steve Smith reitred hurt after being hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer.
    • Australia drew the Lord's Test against England in Ashes 2019.
    • Shoaib Akhtar had criticised Jofra Archer for not checking on Steve Smith.

Yuvraj Singh took a cheeky dig at former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar over his tweet which criticised Jofra Archer for not checking up on Steve Smith after a pacy bouncer hit Smith on the side of the neck. In response to Akhtar's tweet, Yuvraj responded, "Yes you did ! But your actual words were hope your alright mate cause there are a few more coming."

Akhtar had slammed Archer for not showing the basic courtesy of checking on Steve Smith after the Australian batsman was felled on the ground by a nasty bouncer from the England fast bowler during the second Ashes Test. During his fiery spell on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Saturday, Archer struck Smith twice—first on his forearm and then on the unprotected back of his neck by a bouncer clocking 92.4 miles per hour.

“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,” Akhtar tweeted on Sunday.

The body blow forced Smith to retire hurt while batting at 80. After a concussion test, Smith, however, returned in less than an hour to take the crease even as a section of English crowd booed the batsman. The former skipper was eventually dismissed when he shouldered arms to a straight ball from Chris Woakes, just eight runs short of a century. Smith is in doubt for the third Ashes Test which begins on August 22 at Leeds, with Tim Paine's side leading the five-match series 1-0 after their 251-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston.

First Published: Monday, August 19, 2019 04:31 PM
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