Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar condemned England's Jofra Archer for walking away after flooring Steve Smith with a lethal delivery and for failing to check on Smith after he fell to the ground. The former Australian skipper was struck on his neck by a fiery delivery from the young Test debutant, following which he fell on the field and was forced to walk away from the pitch for further checks.
The Rawalpindi Express took to Twitter to express disappointment with Jofra Archer and said that bouncers were part and parcel of the game but whenever a bowler floored a batsman, it was the courtesy of the bowler to check on the victim. He condemned Archer's actions and said that he was always the first one to rush to the batsman when such an incident occurred during his playing days.
Read Shoaib Akhtar's tweet here:
Steve Smith was all set for a big score as he was going really well. However, on the individual score of 80, he was forced to retire hurt after a lethal bouncer from his Rajasthan Royals team-mate Jofra Archer in the 71st over. The English players rushed towards him as soon as he went down after being hit on the top of the neck by Archer's 92.4mph delivery. The ex-captain was on his feet after receiving medical treatment but decided to leave the field for further assessment. The Aussie batsman showed great bravery and determination after being struck on the elbow by the Barbadian pacer earlier.
According to the reports of a sports analyst, Jofra Archer's average speed in that last over was 149.34kph or 92.79mph which is the fastest over by an English Test bowler where data is available.