Saw Jofra Archer in IPL, realized he was special: Steve Smith

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India Today

Author 2019-09-16 02:32:00

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Steve Smith was hit by Jofra Archer bouncer during 2nd Ashes Test. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Steve Smith said he realized Jofra Archer was a special talent during the IPL
  • Jofra Archer bagged 22 wickets in his maiden Test series
  • Steve Smith scored 775 in 7 innings to finish as highest run scorer in the Ashes series

Who knows if Jofra Archer's bouncer had not hit Steve Smith at Lord's to rule him out of the 3rd Ashes Test, the Australian could have broken Don Bradman's record to become the highest run scorer in an Ashes series.

Steve Smith showed sheer brilliance with the bat as he scored 2 hundreds and a double hundred to finish the Ashes series with 774 runs. Smith was the highest run-getter in the series even though he missed out on 3 innings after being hit on the neck by Archer bouncer that ruled Smith out due to concussion.

However, speaking in a post series presentation, Smith was all praise for the England pace spearhead who left cricketing world in his awe while playing in his maiden Test series.

"I saw Jofra last year at the IPL and realized he is a very special talent. He has got a very bright future," Smith said after being awarded Australia's Player of the Series.

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Jofra Archer was given his maiden Test call-up in England side after James Anderson was ruled out due to calf injury. The pacer who hogged the limelight in the World Cup 2019 went on to impress in the red-ball cricket as well bagged 22 wickets in the Ashes series to finish as third highest wicket-taker after Pat Cummins and teammate Stuart Broad.

"It has just been exciting cricket since I have worn the English jersey. Being able to draw the series is really special," Archer said after England beat Australia by 135 runs to level the Ashes 2-2.

"Test cricket can be perfect for you one day and it won't be the next day. There would be good days and bad days. I just need to keep going," Man of the Match Archer added.

At Oval, on Sunday, Matthew Wade's defiant century proved in vain as England bowled Australia out for 263 to win the final test at The Oval by 135 runs and ensure the first drawn Ashes series since 1972.

Most runs in an Ashes series:

974 Don Bradman 1930
905 Wally Hammond 1928/29
839 Mark Taylor 1989
810 Don Bradman 1936/37
774 Steve Smith 2019

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