Steve Smith during second Ashes Test | Picture: Cricket.com.au

Australian batsman Steve Smith has said that English pacer Jofra Archer hasn’t yet dismissed him and he is not going to change his tactics.

“I’m not really going to change anything. There’s been a bit of talk that he’s got the wood over me, but he hasn’t actually got me out,” Smith told ICC.

Smith was struck by Archer’s bouncer twice in the first innings of the Lord’s Test. Firstly, on his elbow, Secondly, on an unprotected part of his neck. Smith collapsed and went on the ground after the second bouncer.

“He hit me on the head on a wicket that was a bit up and down at Lord’s. All the other bowlers have had more success against me, I daresay. I’ve faced them a bit more, but they’ve all got me out a lot more. I’m pretty comfortable with that. Now it’s just about getting out there and playing the game,” Smith said.

Smith missed Australia’s second inning, replaced by concussion substitute Marnus Labuschagne.

Smith, so far in the Ashes, played knocks of 144, 142 and 92 and has been Australia’s talisman.

Before the third Test, Australia lead Ashes series 1-0 after victory at Edgbaston, followed by a draw at Lord’s.

However, In the third Test at Headingley, Ben Stokes’ heroics with the bat had inspired England to 1 wicket win.

Steve Smith lauded Stokes by saying that he has turned the series on its head.

Ben Stokes | Picture: ICC

“He completely turned the series on its head. You could just see the passion that he showed and the fight. He never gave up,” he said.

“You look at him, and I really admire this about him, when he scored a hundred he didn’t even celebrate, didn’t care. He had one thing on his mind and that was getting England over the line,” he added.

Fourth Ashes Test will be played at Machester’s Old Trafford between September 4-8.

 

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