Ashes: Stuart Broad sends Jofra Archer warning to Steve Smith ahead of return in Manchester

first_img 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 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 Nextlast_img read more

UN rights chief calls opening of office to monitor issues in DPR

“It is rare that the opening of a small office is such big news,” the High Commissioner told a press conference in Seoul, as he wrapped up a three-day visit. “While none of us expects a new UN human rights office will dramatically alter that situation overnight, we do all feel, I think, that it is a significant step.”The new office was set up in line with a recommendation made last year by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK, whose report the UN human rights chief called “powerful, devastating and extremely influential.” “The population of the DPRK has been suffering appalling human rights violations and deprivation for decades, and much of the outside world was barely aware of what was going on there and focussed only on the nuclear issue,” he noted, adding that the gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.“The victims now have faces and they have voices,” he went on to say. Some of the report’s most important recommendations – such as a referral by the Security Council of the situation in the DPRK to the International Criminal Court – have not yet been acted on, but still could be, he stated.But for him, the fact that this UN human rights office in Seoul is now a reality, and will start fully operating in a month or so, is a sign that the Commission’s work is starting to “bear fruit.”Not only will the office monitor, report and criticize, it will also engage with civil society, refugees and defectors and with governments of the region, while keeping the UN’s channels open to the authorities in the DPRK itself. The High Commissioner also pointed out that the Republic of Korea has undergone a highly successful transformation since becoming a democracy just over 30 years ago, rising to become the 13th largest economy in the world. “Its performance on the human rights front has also improved significantly in parallel with its economic growth. In general, the country’s recent history makes it one of the world’s most dramatic success stories – an excellent model for countries in transition to try to emulate.” Like even the most established democracies elsewhere in the world, the country nevertheless still faces challenges, he added. One of the most prevalent concerns is the limitations imposed on freedom of expression and freedom of assembly by the 1948 National Security Act (NSA) which is considered by many to be long overdue for reform, he pointed out.The vague language of Article 7 of the NSA, which refers to “anti-Government organizations” without defining what this means exactly, has in the past led to unjust and inappropriate convictions of human rights defenders and non-threatening groups – sometimes simply for comments made on social media – and is likely to continue to do so until it is amended, he explained. “The Republic of Korea lives under constant threat from its heavily armed neighbour, and has an obligation to protect its citizens. Finding the balance between honouring the human rights of its citizens and minimizing threats to their security is difficult, but not impossible, and amending the NSA is an essential part of that process.” read more