India Today Web Desk ManchesterSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 13:07 IST Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer vs Steve Smith all set to resume in Manchester (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith set for return after missing 3rd Test Smith was hit on his neck by a Jofra Archer bouncerStuart Broad expects another fiery battle between Smith and Archer in ManchesterEngland fast bowler Stuart Broad said he is looking forward to another “tasty” battle between Steve Smith and Jofra Archer in the 4th Ashes Test, starting September 4 in Manchester.Stuart Broad expects no let up from highly-rated Jofra Archer and that the England fast bowler will be buzzing in captain Joe Root’s ears to get the ball whenever Steve Smith walks into bat at Old Trafford.The England pace spearhead’s comments come after Steve Smith was added in the 12-man squad for the 4th Ashes Test. With the series level at 1-1, Smith’s return is being seen as a massive boost to Australia and Broad’s comments has certainly added spice to the ongoing series.Notably, Steve Smith had to miss the 3rd Test in Headingley due to a delayed concussion after a Jofra Archer bouncer struck him on the neck. Smith needed medical attention but he carried with his first innings only to be ruled out of the 2nd innings.In Steve Smith’s absence, England went on to win the 3rd Test by 1 run after Ben Stokes helped the hosts complete a miraculous chase of 359 runs.”It was a really tasty bit of cricket at Lord’s. Smith was on 80, playing beautifully, and Jofra went from 84mph to 95mph. He was really charging in,” Stuart Broad said on the eve of the 4th Test.He added: “That sort of cricket is awesome to watch on the telly or from the stands but when you’re stood at mid-on, it’s pretty special. Hopefully we can have a battle like that again.”advertisementFeels like doctors are running out every 10 overs: Stuart BroadStuart Broad himself had been on the receiving end of a vicious bouncer from Varun Aaron in 2014. The England star suffered a broken nose and revealed he had nightmares after the blow to his face.Broad’s ability to play bouncers diminished after the blow but the England pacer expects no such psychological effects of the Jofra Archer’s bouncer on Steve Smith.”Smith has got a bit more skill than me with the bat so it probably won’t affect him. I don’t think I’ve ever played in a series where so many people have been hit in the head. It feels like the doctors are running out every 10 overs, doesn’t it? But that’s part of Test cricket,” Broad added.Australia have dropped Usman Khawaja to accommodate Marnus Labuschagne who shone after coming in as Test cricket’s first-ever concussion substitute in Leeds.Mitchell Starc, who missed the first 3 Tests, has also been added to the 12-man squad after the left-arm pacer’s impressive outing in the recently-concluded tour match against Derbyshire in Manchester.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami make India pace unit peerless in Test cricketAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Can feel for batsmen who face Jasprit Bumrah, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Dressing room feels calm when Hanuma Vihari is batting: Virat KohliAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jofra ArcherFollow Steve SmithFollow Ashes 2019Follow Stuart BroadFollow England VS AustraliaFollow ManchesterFollow Varun Aaron Ashes: Stuart Broad sends Jofra Archer warning to Steve Smith ahead of return in ManchesterAshes 2019, England vs Australia: Steve Smith, who has recovered from concussion after blow to head from Jofra Archer bouncer, is all set to make the playing XI for the 4th Test, starting September 4 in Manchester.advertisement Next
The leader of the Indian Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and briefed him on the discussions she had in Sri Lanka, the Press Trust of India reported this evening.Swaraj called on Singh to apprise him of the details of the 12-member delegation’s visit to Sri Lanka. National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai were present during the meeting. Swaraj said the delegation met the women and children living in the camp as the men were away at work. She said the rehabilitation efforts were good and ahead of schedule. “I would say I am satisfied with our visit to Sri Lanka,” the BJP leader told reporters today. The delegation met representatives of all political parties in Sri Lanka and visited the rehabilitation camp for Tamils. “We discussed the withdrawal of army from civic life. They come to birthday parties uninvited or enter temples. We also discussed the 13th Amendment,” she said. There are three lakh displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka of which only 3,000 have not been rehabilitated.Swaraj also had a one-on-one breakfast meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha.