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Archer will be eager for Smith battle - Broad

2nd September 2019, 20:28 by Neil Foster

Stuart Broad feels England paceman Jofra Archer will want to get straight back at Steve Smith in this week's fourth Test.

Smith was forced to miss the third Test at Headingley after being hit on the head by an Archer bouncer at Lord's, with England squaring the series in Leeds thanks to Ben Stokes' heroics.

The former Aussie skipper, who had scored two centuries and 92 in his three innings before the concussion, will return to the Baggy Greens ranks for the Lancashire encounter and it remains to be seen how he copes with the expected bouncer barrage.

While Broad was glad that there was no lingering damage to the Australia superstar, he made it clear there will be no let-up from the Three Lions' new paceman.

"It was a nasty hit wasn't it?" he said. "First thing, it's great Steve is OK and coming back into Test cricket but Test cricket is a brutal sport where countries go hell for leather against each other.

"I'm sure when Steve comes in, Jofra will be in Joe Root's ear wanting the ball, no doubt about that.

"It was a really tasty bit of cricket at Lord's. Smith was on 80, playing beautifully, and Jofra went from 84mph to 95mph. Hopefully we can have a battle like that again."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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