Jofra Archer divides fans with 'tasteless' Steve Smith imitation

England bowler Jofra Archer has again felt the wrath of cricket fans after imitating Steve Smith during a net session before the third Test.

It was Archer’s bouncer that struck Smith in the neck during the drawn second Test, subsequently ruling him out of the Headingley Test match after the Aussie showed delayed concussion symptoms.

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The delivery that felled Smith forced him back to the pavilion, before he bravely came back out to the crease later in the innings.

England then picked up Smith’s wicket as the Aussie star fell just short of another century.

Smith subsequently missed the remainder of the match and was rested due to delayed concussion symptoms.

Jofra Archer has been slammed for imitating Steve Smith after the second Test incident. Pic: Cricket Network/Getty

Australia's medical staff refused to take any risks with their talisman, ruling him out of the third Test at Headingley.

Archer already came under fire for his reaction to the Smith incident, with viewers questioning why he didn't immediately go over to check up on him.

Cameras also picked up the fast bowler smiling with a teammate moments later.

Archer has again courted controversy after new footage emerged of him mimicking Smith's quirky batting style during a net session.

The quick's imitation included Smith's trademark leave, where the Aussie looks as if he's swatting away a fly.

Archer gets hold of a few big slogs but his antics came back to bite him at the end of the clip, where he is clean bowled by the young spinner.

However, fans have reacted angrily to the footage, insisting it's in poor taste for the man who knocked Smith out of the third Test, to be joking around at his expense in training.

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Australia will drop opener Cameron Bancroft in a surprising move just hours before the third Ashes Test is due to begin at Headingley.

The Daily Telegraph cricket writer Ben Horne reported Marcus Harris is set to come in for Bancroft, who made his return to Test cricket after being banned for his role in the sandpaper scandal in the first Ashes test at Edgbaston.

It’s not the only surprise switch head coach Justin Langer is making, with paceman James Pattinson also likely to rejoin the squad.

Marcus Harris is expected to be recalled to open the batting for Australia. Pic: Getty

Marnus Labuschagne was already announced as Steve Smith’s replacement in the middle order, after the former captain was ruled out due to concussion concerns arising from the second Test.

Harris joins a top order that has struggled early in the series, with fellow opener David Warner and Usman Khawaja both struggling with the bat in the opening two matches.

Australia hold a 1-0 lead after their win at Edgbaston, with the second Test ending in a draw after several rain-affected days.

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