After another elbow problem, the English fast bowler, who scored 22 Australian wickets in his first Test series four years ago at 20, was recently declared out for the summer.
After confirming Archer’s absence, one British publication claimed that the pacer had terrified Australian batsmen four years ago.
To which the Australian player wrote: Terrorized? Remind me when I was deleted by him…..
Although Archer never removed Smith, there were several heated confrontations between them. In one such incident, Smith suffered a concussion after getting hit in the head by Archer during the second test of the series at Lord’s.
Marnus Labuschagne was replaced in that game as the first concussion replacement in Test cricket history, beginning Smith’s fantastic form in the longest format.
At Headley, in Smith’s absence, Archer played his most devastating game (6-45) and picked up six more wickets at the Oval. England won and tied the series 2-2, and Smith became the only Australian to reach the fifty-point mark in that encounter.
Meanwhile, Smith is preparing for the upcoming Ashes series by playing for the Sussex team overseas.