IPL friendship with Steve Smith is over, says Jofra Archer

IPL friendship with Steve Smith is over, says Jofra Archer

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Ahead of the crucial England-Australia match, the England bowler Jofra Archer said that his friendship with Australia’s Steve Smith is over.

Both Archer and Steve Smith had a good friendship when they were playing for Rajasthan Royals(RR) in the Indian Premier League(IPL) last month. But both these players will be on opposing sides when England face Australia on Tuesday.

"He's a really good guy. But cricket is cricket and I guess it's time to be friends after," said Archer. "Until the game is over, there will be nothing friendly about it."

Smith and team-mate David Warner have been met by a hostile reception at grounds across the country as they continue their comeback following year-long bans for ball tampering.

It does not seem to have affected them so far, with Warner top of the World Cup run-scoring charts while Smith hitting a match-winning century in a warm-up match against England in Southampton in May. The defending champions have won five of their six matches to sit second in the table on 10 points, one behind leaders New Zealand.