Steve Smith was forced to leave the pitch after a ferocious 148.7 kmph bouncer bowled by debutant Jofra Archer struck the Aussie cricketer in the neck. The former Australian skipper who is in incredible form was batting on 80 when the incident occurred.
After being hit with the bouncer, Smith immediately fell on the pitch and remained flat on the ground for a long period, as he received treatment from the medical staffs of both the teams. He was then escorted to the dressing room despite showing reluctance to leave the pitch.
On his way to the dressing room, the fans present at the stadium gave a standing ovation to the Aussie.
Is Jofra Archer the most lethal bowler in world cricket today? He did this to three batsmen in this year's World Cup. I'm seriously praying for Steve Smith. Really concerned about him now. pic.twitter.com/0Zeh9C0092
— Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) August 17, 2019
Steve Smith is up, and looks OK — thank heavens — but he won’t bat on. Walking off with the doctor. It doesn’t get much scarier than that. A standing ovation from the entire Lord’s crowd. Brutal battle. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/FCGPNiIWT0
— Sam Landsberger ?? (@SamLandsberger) August 17, 2019
“Steve was hit on the neck below the left ear,” Cricket Australia said in a statement. “He was assessed lying on the pitch at the instructions of team doctor Richard Shaw.”
“Dr Shaw made the precautionary decision to remove Steve from the field of play to have him further assessed under Cricket Australia’s head impact protocol. Steve then passed his assessments and will now be monitored on an ongoing basis, as is routine.”
Smith was engaged in a titanic tussle with the Barbados-born cricketer from the start of the Test and had already received treatment for a blow on his left forearm.
However, after leaving the pitch the right-handed batsman once again arrived in the middle, before he was trapped LBW on 92 by Chris Woakes. His innings included 14 fours as he helped Australia narrow the margin as the visitors were bundled up for 250.