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Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer and Steve Smith heat up rivalry by issuing open challenge

Steve Smith and Jofra Archer will resume their much-talked-about rivalry during the fourth test in Manchester.
Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer and Steve Smith heat up rivalry by issuing open challengeJofra Archer has been troubling Steve Smith with hi sharp bouncers. (Photo: Getty)
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England has very much kept the Ashes series alive with nailing biting one-wicket win at Headingly. The hero of the match was none other than all-rounder Ben stokes who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. All the attention now shifts to the 4th Ashes Test, starting September 4 in Manchester, where  Steve Smith and Jofra Archer will resume their much-talked-about rivalry by issuing up with open challenges.

Archer troubled Smith with his pace and well-directed short balls during the 2nd Test at Lord's, with one bouncer hitting him on his neck on Day 4. Smith had to walk off the field only to resume batting latter in the day. However, Smith did not take the field on the final day and was ruled out of the 3rd Ashes Test with a delayed concussion.

Ahead of the upcoming test, Smith played down the Archer threat, saying the England pacer is yet to dismiss him in Tests."There's been a bit of talk that he's got the wood over me, but he hasn't actually got me out. He hit me on the head on a wicket that was a bit up and down at Lord's. All the other bowlers have had more success against me, I daresay. I've faced them a bit more, but they've all got me out a lot more," Smith said.

Archer came up with a cheeky response to Steve Smith’s comment and said that Smith has to be out there batting for him to get him out while referring to the bouncer that made Smith unavailable for the 3rd Test. Archer, who picked up his maiden 5-wicket haul in Leeds though maintained that he is not going to focus on individual battles but on helping England win the Ashes.

"Well, I can't get him out if he wasn't there. But there'll be more than ample time to get him out. Archer said. 

"I'm not saying I won't get him out but if we don't get him out there are 10 other people we can get out and if he's stranded on 40 that's not helping his team too much. He can't do it all himself. We want to win the game. I'm not here to get caught up in a contest with one man. I want to win the Ashes," Archer added.

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