Australian batsman Steve Smith admits that his first thought after he was attacked by a malevolent Jofra Archer episode was Philip Hughes, his teammate who was killed after being hit by a bouncer in 2014
- Steve Smith has spoken for the first time since he was felled by Jofra Archer
- The batsman was beaten on the neck by a 92 mph Archer delivery to Lord
- Smith feared the worst and remembered the death of Philip Hughes
- Hughes was hit in similar circumstances in 2014 and died tragically
Batsman Steve Smith from Australia has yielded to the fears that came to mind after being thrown to the ground by a Jofra Archer bowl during the Ashes, bringing back terrible memories of former teammate Philip Hughes.
Hughes received a bouncer in the same part of the neck in 2014, but was tragically killed as a result of a cracked artery that caused bleeding.
Fortunately, Smith escaped unharmed, although he admitted that the ordeal left him both shocked and fearful of the worst … but says that after the incident he still does not wear a stem protector because even that small change increases his heartbeat and hinders his routine.
Steve Smith has spoken for the first time since he was felled by a 92 mph Jofra Archer bowl
The Australian turned away from a bouncer, who eventually hit him under his helmet
Smith sank to the floor and the cricket world caught his breath as he lay motionless
& # 39; I had a few things running through my mind, especially where I was hit, a little past – if you know what I mean – from a few years ago, & # 39; Smith said AdelaideNow, referring to the day that Hughes was hit and died in a Sheffield Shield game between New South Wales and South Australia.
& # 39; That was probably the first thing I thought of, then I thought: & # 39; I like it here & # 39; and it went well. & # 39;
Smith sank to the ground after Archer's rapid effort made contact, with the cricket world immediately holding his collective breath while lying motionless.
Colleague Australian Philip Hughes died tragically in similar circumstances in November 2014
Hit in the same part of the neck, Hughes died of a bleeding caused by a cracked artery
Teammates rushed to him quickly when Smith started to stir and eventually left the playing field.
Smith provided more details for the first time since the incident and explained how he felt in the immediate aftermath.
& # 39; I was a little sad, but I was mentally fine for the rest of the afternoon, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I felt pretty good, passed all my tests and could go and battle and then it hit me that night.
& # 39; When the doctor asked me how it felt, I said it felt like I had six beers last night and a little bit under the weather – unfortunately without the six beers.
& # 39; That was the kind of feeling I got, that drowsy feeling, and it stayed for a few days. & # 39;
Archer started bowling even faster after he noticed that Smith was struggling with the pace
At his comeback, Smith will not wear a stem protector of his choice despite the accident
At his comeback, Smith will not wear a stem protector of his own free choice because of the & # 39; claustrophobic & # 39; feelings it gives him.
& # 39; I tried them recently when I was beating and I think my heart rate immediately increased by about 30 or 40, & # 39; Smith admitted.
& # 39; I just feel claustrophobic. I compare it to being stuck in an MRI scanning device.
& # 39; It was different, but I think they will probably become mandatory at some point, so I have to get used to it. & # 39;
Smith has scores of 144, 142 and 92 in the series – his first since he returned from a 12-month ban on cricket and will test his condition in a tour match against Derbyshire on Friday.
The 30-year-old generally seems to have recovered from the concussion caused by Archer's & # 39; s bouncer and continues to fight for the next test in Old Trafford.
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