Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer takes a cheeky dig at Steve Smith
Jofra Archer hit Steve Smith on his helmet in the Lord's Test. @AFP

Jofra Archer has hit back at Steve Smith after the latter passed a comment that the Englishman is yet to get him out. A day before his comeback, Smith had downplayed Archer’s threat by saying that the pacer is yet to get him out.

“There’s been a bit of talk that he’s got the wood over me, but he hasn’t got me out. He hit me on the head on a wicket that was a bit up and down. All the other bowlers have had more success against me, I dare say. I’ve faced them a bit more but they’ve all got me out a lot more, so, yeah, pretty comfortable about that,” Smith had said yesterday.

Archer was quick to react to Smith’s statement and gave a cheeky response to the former Australia captain, also his teammate at IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals. “Well, I can’t get him out if he wasn’t there. I did want to bowl at him when he came back out [at Lord’s] but he was out before I even got to come back on. But there’ll be more than ample time to get him out,” Archer said.

Steve Smith Ashes 2019 concussion
Steve Smith was substituted for the final day after the blow on Day 4. (AFP Photo)

Smith was hit by a bouncer on his neck by Archer in the Lord’s Test and immediately walked off the field. He did return to bat in less than an hour but failed the concussion test later and was ruled out of the fifth day’s play. He also missed the third Test.

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Smith will make his comeback in the practice match against Derbyshire that kicks off on Thursday. He is also in line to make his comeback in the playing XI for the fourth Test, which starts next week in Manchester.

Usman Khawaja will be leading Australia in the practice match. Skipper Tim Paine, David Warner, Travis Head, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and James Pattinson have been rested.