Ashes: Smith’s dare act, Cummins double stun England

Ashes: Smith’s dare act, Cummins double stun England

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Australia’s Steve Smith’s never-say-die attitude by coming back to the crease after a deadly bouncer from Jofra Archer made him to fall on the ground was the highlight of the fourth day of the second test in Ashes 2019 against England at Lord’s.

Brushing off his sickening blow to the neck, Steve Smith returned to the crease and made 92 was an ever-inspiring moment of brave cricket on Saturday. Pat Cummins two wickets in two consecutive balls was also brilliant in which he scalped the England captain Joe Root to a first-time golden duck of his Test career.

England were 96-4 in their second innings -- a lead of 104 runs -- when rain forced an early close on Saturday. Australia’s strategy of taking early wickets on Sunday could leave them in a position to press for a victory that would put them 2-0 up in a five-match series.

England will now once again look at Ben Stokes as a saviour, who was dropped twice on his way to 16 not out. Jos Buttler (10 not out), who showed some brilliance on Sunday, is another batsman capable enough to keep Australia at bay.

Smith’s 92 was the centrepiece of Australia’s 250 all out in reply to England’s first innings 258. The star batsman had made 80 when he was felled on the ground by a heavy bouncer from fast bowler Jofra Archer, making his Test debut, timed at 92.4 mph. The ball struck him on the side of the neck and head.

Smith, fell face forward onto the ground. He was wearing a helmet without the additional neck protection that was introduced following the death of Phillip Hughes after his former Australia team-mate was hit by a bouncer in a 2014 domestic Sheffield Shield match in Sydney.