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Wrong to criticise Archer’s conduct: Root

AAP Australian Sports – Joe Root has fiercely defended the conduct of Jofra Archer after the express paceman was criticised for not showing enough concern or compassion after striking Steve Smith’s neck.

Summary

  • Joe Root has fiercely defended the conduct of Jofra Archer after the express paceman was criticised for not showing enough concern or compassion after striking Steve Smith’s neck.
  • A screenshot of Archer and Jos Buttler did the rounds on social media after Smith’s frightening scare, showing the pair grinning while Smith was on the ground receiving medical attention.
  • England’s captain, who like coach Trevor Bayliss went to check on Smith’s welfare in the rooms at Lord’s, has revealed just how worrying the immediate aftermath of the hit was.
  • Smith had been the protagonist in this Ashes series, which Australia lead 1-0 heading into the third Test that starts in Leeds on Thursday, but Archer has now taken that mantle.
  • Root likened the threat posed by Archer to that of Johnson in the 2013/14 Ashes.

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