LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Australia’s Steve Smith was forced to retire hurt after being struck on the neck by a short ball from England fast bowler Jofra Archer on the fourth day of the second Ashes test at Lord’s on Saturday.
Smith had moved on to 80 not out when he was hit by Archer, who bowled a hostile spell from the Pavilion End during which his deliveries reached speeds of 96 miles per hour.
Smith, who made 144 and 142 in Australia’s victory in the first test, had defied the England attack again as he helped the touring side reach 203 for six in reply to England’s 258.
He was given a standing ovation by the crowd at the home of cricket as he walked off the ground. (Reporting by Ed Osmond, editing by Christian Radnedge)