Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer ‘all for’ battle with Australia’s Steve Smith


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England pace bowler Jofra Archer is”around for the conflict” with Australia’s Steve Smith but says he is”not wanting to frighten” the batsman.
Smith missed the third Ashes Test at Headingley using concussion after a delivery in Archer hit on the throat him.
But, Smith has been set to return for the fourth Test at Old Trafford, with all the five-match series.
“He’s a hard nut. I’m just here in order to get him outside,” Archer told BBC Sport.
“I am all for the struggle, but I’m not going to get caught up in it either. There’s other players we will need to get out as well.”
England maintained a dramatic one-wicket win to measure the series, however, holders Australia will retain the Ashes should they win either of the two Tests.
Smith has become the standout player in the series so far, scoring 378 runs in three innings, including two decades at the first Test at Edgbaston.
He had been forced to retire hurt on 80 later Archer struck him at Lord’s and took a blow to the arm in a battling innings.
He returned to create 92 but was later replaced with concussion replacement Marnus Labuschagne at the next innings as Australia lived to draw on the Test.
Asked when he thought Smith feared him, Archer stated:”I do not know. He came back into bat, he’s a hard nut.
“He’s a world class batter – he’s number one in the positions. He is most likely one of the important wickets we need to get, but not the sole wicket.
“I’m not trying to scare him either, I am only trying to out him .”
Archer made his Test debut at Lord’s in the next game of the show and impressed with his speed and accuracy.
He has taken 13 wickets in two Tests for England, including 6-45 in the first innings at Headingley.
The 24-year-old bowled the superb over as the hosts won the World Cup in July, made his debut in May, qualified to play in March and made his Test debut.
His pace has set him apart from the rest of the England attack, however, Archer added:”It is all right to bowl quickly but sometimes nobody is fearful of quick bowling.
“We have seen this series you have still got to get the guys out.”
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