Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Steve Smith Cops Sickening Blow To The Neck In Ashes Test

Steve Smith Cops Sickening Blow To The Neck In Ashes Test

The second Ashes Test is poised for a thrilling conclusion after a memorable fourth day in which the fast bowlers of England and Australia illuminated Lord's.

Steve Smith remains though and was unbeaten on 13 when some heavier rain forced the players off the field a couple of minutes before the scheduled lunch.

Steve Smith has been forced to retire hurt after copping a brutal short-ball barrage from Jofra Archer.

Root persisted with World Cup star Archer and the quick got a much-needed breakthrough with a delivery which struck Bancroft in front after nipping in sharply off the seam, umpire's call the verdict after the opener signalled for a review.

The runs had suddenly dried up and after taking 17 balls to get off the mark, Head lasted just four more before playing back and being rapped on the pad by Broad. The medicos cleared him, he wanted to get out there, we were looking after him, and he said "honestly I'm ready to go, my arm's a bit sore".

"Both sides, I think, will be confident they can force a victory but there is a lot of work to be done".

Until lunch, it seemed inevitable that the prolific Smith would nudge, shuffle and occasionally drive his way to his third century in as many innings and put Australia into the lead.

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Play started under gloomy skies, the floodlights on at full beam, with conditions hard for batting.

Bancroft's tortured vigil at the crease was ended by Jofra Archer for 13 in the opening session of day three second Ashes Test, after the equally out-of-form David Warner had been dismissed for three - his third successive single digit score - late on day two.

But England altered the momentum with two wickets for no runs in four balls as Australia s 60-1 became 60-3.

Australia's coach Langer said the visitors will try to wear the Barbados-born strike bowler down by ensuring he has to bowl multiple spells.

England desperately want to back the highly popular Moeen but he has reached the point where he looks so bereft of confidence with bat and ball that they would merely be prolonging his agony by including him again for the second Test.

Ben Stokes caused an otherwise untroubled Smith problems and Matthew Wade overturned an lbw decision when on nought, after being given out from a ball from the England all-rounder which pitched outside leg stump.

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