Smith felt like he’d had “a dozen beers” after being hit by Archer’s bouncer

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Steven Smith has detailed how he felt like he’d had “a dozen beers” after being knocked out by a Jofra Archer bouncer at Lord’s on the last Ashes tour.

Smith has returned to the famous England ground this week, training for the first time since the first Test on Saturday. Australia’s players failed to get in the middle wicket, but Wednesday’s second Test at Lord’s marks Smith’s first game there since the 2019 Ashes.

In one of cricket’s more terrifying scenes in recent years, Smith was hit by a short ball from Archer in the back of the head while on 80 and lay on the ground for some time before withdrawing hurt.

He briefly returned to the field on the fall of the next wicket before he was out 88 pounds. He was subsequently ruled out of the game with a concussion.

“It was a very difficult period to get through,” Smith told the Legend of the Ashes podcast. “I caught one on the arm, got away with a few pull shots that were from above and a few in the gaps.

“And then I got one in the back of the head, which hurt quite a bit. At that point I didn’t realize I was getting a concussion. I went off and did all the tests, passed all the tests.

“It wasn’t until I came out again. Half an hour later, when the adrenaline kind of drained from my system and I started feeling pretty dizzy — probably like I’d had a dozen beers, to be honest.”

Smith also revealed that he struggled to pick up the ball in the rain-affected drawn test that day. “It was quite a dark, gloomy day. The clouds rolled in and out,” Smith said.

“Lord’s itself can be a bit difficult when they bowl from the members’ side with the members sitting there and the screen isn’t as big as on other grounds.

“There were a few distractions there, and it was just a day [when] From that side I didn’t see the ball as well as I would have liked.”

The fact that Archer is missing this series through a recurring elbow injury is one of the great disappointments of the English summer, so brutal was the pair’s struggle in 2019.

Smith’s departure from that Lord’s match led to the rebirth of Marnus Labuschagne as a Test batsman, brought back to the Australian side and has since averaged 59.34.

As a result of the concussion, Smith did not play in Australia’s Headingley demise in the following Test, but returned for the final two matches, ending the series with 774 runs at 110.57.



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