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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Smith says Archer blow reminded him of Hughes


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Steve Smith has admitted his first thoughts were about the blow struck to the late Phillip Hughes after he was hit on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer in the second Test at Lord's.

In pictures eerily similar to the Hughes incident of 2014, Smith was felled by a ball that jumped at him, turning his head before being struck under the back of the helmet, where there was no physical protection.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the fourth Test in Manchester, Smith admitted the fear that ran through him upon the impact.

"I had a few things running through my head, particularly where I got hit," Smith said.

"A bit of the past came up, from a few years ago if you know what I mean."

"That was definitely the first thing I thought about, then I was like: 'I'm actually okay here.'"

On the stem guards that were brought in after Hughes' passing, Smith said he struggles to bat wearing them.

Steve Smith retires hurt after nasty head knock

"I've tried them before, and I tried it again the other day when I was batting," Smith said.

"I reckon my heart rate went up about 30 or 40 straight away.

"I feel claustrophobic (with them on). I compare it to being stuck in an MRI scan machine."

However, he admitted there was a sense of inevitability about them soon becoming a permanent fixture in cricket equipment.

"I think at some point they're going to become mandatory, so I guess I'm going to have to get used to them," Smith said.

Moving the conversation to the next Test, England and how he would tackle Archer, Smith said it's business as usual.

"I'm not going to change anything. There's been a bit of talk about him getting the better of me, but he hit me on the head on a wicket that was up and down at Lord's," Smith said.

Archer took his maiden five-wicket Test haul on day one

"He hasn't actually got me out."

Finishing, Smith said watching the Australian's lose at Headingley was extremely tough.

"I wish they'd (have) put me in a dark room!" Smith joked.

"I'm not a great watcher of cricket. I never really have been, so i didn't really enjoy that."

Having passed all relevant tests and concussion return to play procedures, Smith is all but certain to return for Australia's Test side for the fourth Test at Old Trafford starting on Wednesday next week.

Steve Smith has admitted his first thoughts were about the blow struck to the late Phillip Hughes after he was hit on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer in the second Test at Lord's.

In pictures eerily similar to the Hughes incident of 2014, Smith was felled by a ball that jumped at him, turning his head before being struck under the back of the helmet, where there was no physical protection.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the fourth Test in Manchester, Smith admitted the fear that ran through him upon the impact.

"I had a few things running through my head, particularly where I got hit," Smith said.

"A bit of the past came up, from a few years ago if you know what I mean."

"That was definitely the first thing I thought about, then I was like: 'I'm actually okay here.'"

On the stem guards that were brought in after Hughes' passing, Smith said he struggles to bat wearing them.

Steve Smith retires hurt after nasty head knock

"I've tried them before, and I tried it again the other day when I was batting," Smith said.

"I reckon my heart rate went up about 30 or 40 straight away.

"I feel claustrophobic (with them on). I compare it to being stuck in an MRI scan machine."

However, he admitted there was a sense of inevitability about them soon becoming a permanent fixture in cricket equipment.

"I think at some point they're going to become mandatory, so I guess I'm going to have to get used to them," Smith said.

Moving the conversation to the next Test, England and how he would tackle Archer, Smith said it's business as usual.

"I'm not going to change anything. There's been a bit of talk about him getting the better of me, but he hit me on the head on a wicket that was up and down at Lord's," Smith said.

Archer took his maiden five-wicket Test haul on day one

"He hasn't actually got me out."

Finishing, Smith said watching the Australian's lose at Headingley was extremely tough.

"I wish they'd (have) put me in a dark room!" Smith joked.

"I'm not a great watcher of cricket. I never really have been, so i didn't really enjoy that."

Having passed all relevant tests and concussion return to play procedures, Smith is all but certain to return for Australia's Test side for the fourth Test at Old Trafford starting on Wednesday next week.

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