Jofra Archer lifts lid on controversial Ashes moment

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter

English fast bowler Jofra Archer has finally revealed why he was seen chuckling in the moments after he felled Steve Smith with a bouncer in the second test Ashes.

Archer was criticised by some in the cricketing fraternity after cameras caught him laughing while Smith lay on the ground being treated by doctors.

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Though he recovered from the blow and resumed his innings, he was later diagnosed with a concussion and missed the third Test entirely.

Exactly why Archer had been smiling during such an otherwise tense moment had been a mystery until now, when former England captain Nasser Hussain asked the bowler about it in an interview for the Daily Mail.

Archer said he and Jos Buttler had been joking around after he’d claimed the wicket of Australian captain Tim Paine a short time earlier.

Jofra Archer, pictured during the Ashes, has lifted the lid on one of the series' most controversial moments.
Jofra Archer has revealed why he was seen laughing on camera after he hit Australian batsman Steve Smith on the neck with a bounce in the second Ashes Test. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

“Not long before I hit Smith, I’d got the wicket of Tim Paine,” Archer told Hussain.

“Before he came in, Jos said ‘If you get Paine out, you can have anything you want’.

“So I told him my car was dirty.

“He said: ‘I’ll hire a bucket and a chamois and wash the car myself’.”

It was only when the English team were huddled together while Smith was receiving medical attention that he remembered the earlier conversation with Buttler, Archer said.

He went on to say there was ‘no reason to laugh at Steve’, but that he understood how it look at the time.

“I did see how it looked, but that’s why I am a bit frustrated, because seeing it on TV doesn’t show the full side,” Archer said.

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