'Jofra Archer hasn't actually got me out': Steve Smith

Steve Smith was floored at Lord’s

Steve Smith was floored at Lord’s

And he returned serve to Aussie superstar Steve Smith who said Archer "hasn't got me out" by saying he didn't have to if all the other batsman fell around him.

"Like a bit of the past sort of came up, if you know what I mean, from a few years ago. I felt pretty good, passed all my tests and was able to go and bat and then it wasn't until later that evening that it hit me", he said.

The Ashes collection is evenly poised now as Ben Stokes' heroic unbeaten century helped England beat Australia by one wicket at Leeds on Sunday. All the other bowlers have had more success against me, I daresay.

Steve Smith has opened up about his reluctance to wear a StemGuard, likening the clip-on helmet attachment to being "stuck in an MRI scan machine". "I thought I had messed the series up - not just the game but the series". His deadly bumpers have been the talking point, especially because he bowls them without much effort.

Smith added it is unclear whether the attachment would have absorbed the impact and/or made any difference to his injury in London because of "the way my head sort of went back and where it hit me".

The fourth Ashes Test match will commence from September 4.

The point of impact with Smith's injury though had brought up bad memories of a similar yet fatal blow the late Phillip Hughes had received on a similar part of the neck almost five years ago.

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"But there'll be more than ample time to get him out".

With just Stuart Broad and Jack Leach to come in the order, Archer appeared to represent England's last realistic hope as they chased a target of 359 to beat Australia and level the series at Headingley. I want to win the Ashes'.

'With the Dukes ball, I don't know.

"There's been a bit of talk that he's (Archer) got the wood over me, but he hasn't actually got me out".

The Roosters responded, citing a stipulation in their trade clause, asking Smith to "bring them the Ashes", before further conversation could occur.

The tourists said it was to give captain Tim Paine a rest but Australia already had another experienced keeper, Matthew Wade, in their squad and this move can only increase the pressure on a leader who is struggling to justify his place in the side.

"I'm not really going to change anything". He said Archer hit him on a wicket that was a bit up-and-down at Lord's - his clear inference being that Archer likely won't repeat the dose on a pitch with a more predictable bounce. In the build-up to that he will face faster bowling from Australia's quicks in the nets.

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