Former Pakistani Pace Bowler Shoaib Akhtar had slammed England fast bowler Jofra Archer for not showing Steve Smith "courtesy" after the Australian batsman was hit on his neck by a vicious bouncer from the Englishman. Shoaib Akhtar criticised Jofra Archer for walking away while "Smith was in pain".
Steve Smith was struck by a short ball from Jofra Archer, timed at 92.4 mph (148.7 kph), on an unprotected part of his neck on Day Four of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.
Shoaib Akhtar in his tweet had stated that he was always the first one to run up to the batsman.
Bouncers are a part & parcel of the game but whenever a bowler hits a batsman on the head and he falls, courtesy requires that the bowler must go & check on him. It was not nice of Archer to just walk away while Smith was in pain. I was always the first one to run to the batsman.— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) August 18, 2019
While Yuvraj trolled Shoaib in a rather funny style by saying that, "Yes you did ! But your actual words were hope you r alright mate cause there are a few more coming".
Yes you did ! But your actual words were hope your alright mate cause there are a few more coming 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤪— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 19, 2019
After being viciously hurt by Archer, Steve Smith was later ruled out of the second Ashes Test on the final day. Cricket Australia announced on Sunday that Smith suffered a delayed concussion response to the blow.
In the end, the match ended in a draw with Australia 154/6 at the close, having been set a stiff target of 267 in 48 overs when England captain Joe Root declared after lunch on the back of Ben Stokes's unbeaten century.