We all enjoy the history and the bloodthirsty rivalry between the two cricketing giants Australia and England. The Ashes Series has always been the cherry of Test Cricket. It has given us so many memories filled with moments of brilliance. Similarly, we have seen some player rivalries within the Ashes rivalry, Aggressive and skillful players have always made this contest interesting for the fans, may that be the Aussie Shane Warne or the English Flintoff, every generation of cricketers gave us something to cheer for. This “Ashes Series” has brought us a new rivalry
The rivalry between Steve Smith and Jofra Archer is circulating in the news and the cricketing circle for quite some time now, It is getting heated even more as the 4th test is underway and the score is level 1-1. Let’s take a look at the profile of these 2 supreme players.
Steven Smith, from Sydney, New South Wales Australia, born on June 2, 1989. This 30 years old Australian is a right-hand batsman and also right-arm leg-break bowler. He played from a lot of teams including Australia, Royal Challengers Bangalore, New South Wales, Worcestershire, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Sydney Sixers, Pune Warriors, Antigua Hawksbills, Australians, Rajasthan Royals, Sydney Thunder, Rising Pune Supergiant, Toronto Nationals, Barbados Tridents, and Comilla Victorians. Smith made his international debut in all formats of cricket in the same calendar year. He made his t20 debut against Pakistan in February 2010 while he made his ODI debut against West Indies in February 2010. He made his test debut against Pakistan in July 2010.
- Tests: in 121 innings of 67 test matches, he scored 6637 runs with an average of 63.82. His high score is 239. He scored 2 double centuries (200), 25 centuries (100), and 26 half-centuries (50). He also took 17 wickets in the test format.
- One Day Internationals: in 104 innings off 118 ODI matches, he scored 3810 runs with an average of 41.41. His high score is 164. He scored 8 centuries (100), and 23 half-centuries (50). He also took 28 wickets in the ODI format.
- Twenty 20: in 25 innings of 30 T20 matches, he scored 431 runs with an average of 21.55. His high score is 90. He scored 2 half-centuries (50). He also took 17 wickets in the T20 format.
Jofra Archer, from Bridgetown, Barbados born on April 01, 1995. This talented young man has a right-arm fast-medium bowling style with right-handed batting style too. He played for Sussex, Khulna Titans, Hobart Hurricanes, Rajasthan Royals, Galaxy Gladiators Lantau, Quetta Gladiators, Sindhis, and England. Jofra Archer had a very interesting and fascinating debut in the recent past. The thing mimicking in both archer and smith’s career is that both the payers did their international debut in all formats in the same calendar year. Archer made his ODI debut against Ireland in May 2019, while he made his T20 debut against Pakistan in the same month of May 2019. He made his test debut in the all very important Ashes series against Australia in august 2019. He played as a bowling all-rounder.
- Tests: in 5 innings of 3 test matches he took 13 wickets with 6/45 is his best performance of the innings while 8/85 is his best performance of the match. His economy is 2.40 in test matches. He also scored 34 runs in 3 innings.
- One Day Internationals: in 14 innings of 14 ODI matches he took 23 wickets with 3/27 is his best performance of the match. His economy is 4.63 in ODI matches. He also scored 13 runs in 7 innings.
- Twenty 20: in 1 inning of 1 T20 match he took 2 wickets with 2/29 is his best performance of the match. His economy is 7.25 in the T20 match.
THE STORY BEHIND THE RIVALRY BETWEEN SMITH AND ARCHER:
this rivalry starts from the 2nd test match of the Ashes series 2019 when England cricket board decided to launch Jofra Archer in replacement of James Anderson, who is out of the ashes series due to his calf injury, as a surprise element against Australian team and especially the inform Steven smith.
They think this young pace star will create problems for the Australian batting lineup and he did the same thing. Steven Smith is in great form, and playing some of the great knocks of his life.
Before the start of this 2nd ashes test match, everyone in the cricketing circle starts to talk about the battle between bat and ball means the battle between Jofra Archer and Steven Smith. There were so many questions revolving around in the cricketing field that is Jofra Archer handle the unstoppable Steven Smith? Is Steven Smith handle the pace and lethal bowling of Jofra archer? Is smith able to survive against archer’s lethal bowling or not? All these questions build hype between both dugouts and especially between these 2 players. This is how the rivalry starts between these 2 players.
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE 2ND ASHES TEST MATCH?
In the 2nd test match of the ashes series, Steven Smith again stood firmly on the crease and create problems for the English bowlers. English captain introduced Jofra Archer in the attack and the archer did the same what everyone expected from him. He bowled at lethal pace and line and started to create problems for the inform smith. And then suddenly a pacey shot ball hits the elbow of the smith but smith stood confidently and continue his innings. But the archer’s intentions were very clear. He was on a mission to send back smith into the pavilion. Another short ball at 92 mph hits smith on his neck region under his helmet. Smith fell on the ground and after that, he forced to retired hurt. After a fall of wicket or 2, he came back again to continue his batting and scored 92 runs.
In the 2nd innings of the same test match, Marnus Labuschagne played as the concussion substitute of the smith as the smith is not well enough to play.
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE 3RD TEST MATCH?
In the 3rd test match, Smith was ruled out because of his injury and Marnus Labuschagne was played on his position. England outclassed Australians in the 3rd ashes test match and won it with 1 wicket and make it the ashes series alive.
4TH ASHES TEST MATCH AND THE RIVALRY CONTINUES:
As the smith is now fully fit, Australian think tank adds smith again in the playing 11 in the very important 4th test match of the ashes series. Now everyone in Manchester is excited to watch how this rivalry continues and who takes point over the other. Is smith played Jofra archer without any fear? Is Jofra archer able to take benefit of that incident happened in the 2nd test match? How the rivalry continues and who is going to win it, Smith or Archer?
JOFRA ARCHER ON STEVEN SMITH:
Jofra Archer before the start of the 4th test match said that “all for the battle” with Australia’s Steve Smith, he also added and says he is “not trying to scare” the batsman.