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David Warner and Steven Smith. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Ashes 2019: David Warner’s Reaction On Steve Smith Getting Hit On Head

Cricket is a bat-ball game where there is an intense competition between the teams. The game with high intensity is an absolute visual treat to the supporters especially when there a batsman and a bowler goes one on one against each other.

Although the bowler chips in with good bouncers to deceive the batsman, not everyone would want to see their team player getting hit on the head. Though a high-quality bouncer is appreciated by fans, a nasty bouncer is not a pleasing sight to witness.

Phil Hughes, Bouncer, Australia
Phil Huges. Credits: Twitter

This reminds us of the 2014 incident when Australia’s Phil Hughes was struck on the back of the beck by a nasty bouncer while batting for the West End Redbacks during a Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014.

This unexpected accident resulted in the demise of the cricketer.

David Warner recalls the incident of Steve Smith getting hit on the head

A similar incident occurred during Ashes 2019 when Steve Smith got hit on the head by a ball bowled by England’s high-quality pacer Jofra Archer.

Soon after taking the blow, Steve Smith immediately laid down on the pitch. This very incident caused fears and anxiety to the entire Australian national cricket team.

Australia opener David Warner spoke about the recently released documentary of Australian cricket team titled ‘The Test’ on Amazon Prime Video.

Jofra Archer, Steven Smith
Jofra Archer and Steven Smith (Image Credit: Google)

“When I saw him go down, we were all just like not again, not. Please it cannot happen,” said David Warner recalling the incident of Steve Smith getting hit on the head during the second Ashes Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground in 2019.

Steve Smith got hit twice on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test match against England. Smith had picked the first blow on the elbow and then on the neck. He fell down after Archer’s bowling and was attended by physios from both England and Australia.

Steve Smith came through with flying colours in the Ashes 2019 as he created a new record of scoring 774 runs in four Tests of a series and equalled Sunil Gavaskar’s tally.

Tim Paine
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Unsure Tim Paine May Finish His Cricket Career At The End Of This Summer

Australian Test captain Tim Paine is unsure about his cricket future. While he believes that the present home summer may be his last summer, he can also continue his cricket if he feels good physically and mentally.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine was almost quitting the professional cricket in 2017 but got a call-up in Test cricket after seven years during the home Ashes. Earlier in that same year (2017), he also earned the T20I call-up, which was his first international interaction since April 2011. Though Paine didn’t get much success in T20I return, he has shown his positive intention in Test cricket.

Tim Paine, Australia
Tim Paine (Image Credit: Google)

Later, in March 2018, Australian cricket rapidly changed due to the Sandpapergate scandal. Apart from Cameron Bancroft, then captain Steven Smith and then vice-captain David Warner had been suspended for their involvement in ball-tampering during that Cape Town Test. While it was a challenging time for Australia as they were facing the lack of leaders, Tim Paine surprisingly got the captaincy roles in Test and ODI cricket.

Though Tim Paine’s ODI captaincy ran for only one complete bilateral series against the hosts England, he impressed with his Test captaincy. During his captaincy, India first time ever won a Test series in Australia, but the selectors and team management still supported him hugely. The main reason for that strong support on him was his successful guidance to regain the strong Australian character in cricket along with the positive global support.

The entire Australians faith have recently paid back as finally, Australia have brought back the Ashes trophy from England. Since 2001, it was the first time when Australia have returned home from England with the Ashes trophy and Tim Paine-led Australia made that dream possible. However, the Ashes 2019 ended with the 2-2 scoreline but the Australians are still very happy.

Tim Paine, Australia
Australia defended the Ashes title in 2019 edition (Image Credit: Twitter)

I’m scoring enough runs and keeping well enough then I’d like to continue – Tim Paine

Australia have already started their new home summer through the T20I format. Now, from this Thursday (21st November), they will begin the home Test summer under Tim Paine’s captaincy.

In less than one month, Tim Paine will be the 35-year-old and he doesn’t want to think much about his future. While he may end his career at the end of this summer, he can also continue it if he remains fit physically and mentally.

Tim Paine, Australia
Tim Paine (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Tim Paine said, “It might be (my last summer), I’m not too sure. But… I’m enjoying doing it. I feel good physically (and) mentally. So while that continues, I’m scoring enough runs and keeping well enough then I’d like to continue.

“I know when you get to my age that can change really quickly. I’m really looking forward to this summer, beyond that I haven’t looked too far. I know what I want to do and what I want to achieve.

“I think when you’re the Australian captain and the Australian keeper, they’re two of the most critiqued roles in Australian sport and at the moment I have to hold them both. I know I’m going to be in the crosshairs for people all the time.”

Australian Test captain spoke about their present goals

The inaugural ICC World Test Championship (2019-21) started from Ashes 2019. At present, the no.1-ranked Test team India are leading the Test Championship with 300 points as they have won all their six matches of this competition. New Zealand and Sri Lanka are in the second and third position respectively with 60 points each. Australia and England are in the next two positions respectively with 56 points each.

Australia are currently the fifth-ranked Test side. Test captain Tim Paine wants to see Australia on top of the Test rankings as well as winning the Test Championship.

Tim Paine, Australia
Australia national cricket team (Image Credit: Google)

Talking about this, Paine said, “Our goal is to get back to that number one ranking and we want to win that Test Championship. To do that we’re going to have to be good enough to win in India and we’re going to have to be good enough to beat everyone, everywhere.

“It’s the only way we’re going to get to where we want to get to. It’s an exciting period and I’m looking forward to being part of the start of that and there is no endpoint at the moment.”

Test batting rankings, Steven Smith
Steven Smith. (Image Credit: Google)
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Australia Coach Justin Langer Speaks About Steve Smith Taking On The Captaincy

In Australia’s cricket, the talk of the town is Steve Smith leading the team after the completion of the suspension period. The player was banned for a year from playing cricket after the sandpaper gate incident. He was also given a two-year ban from captaincy as part of the punishment. While his ban from captaincy will be over next year in March, Australia’s head coach Justin Langer talks about Steve Smith leading the team.

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Steve Smith was in all praise because of his performance in the Ashes 2019. He scored 774 runs which were the highest score in Ashes 2019. His performance in the Test Series has increased his talk about taking over the captaincy. However, Steve Smith in the earlier interview has not shown much interest in taking over the captaincy.

Justin Langer, Australia
Justin Langer (Image Credit: Google)

Australia’s coach Langer said that he will talk to Steve Smith for the subject. He said the decision would be taken mutually.

“I’ve built a good relationship with Steve over the last 18 months, and it (the captaincy) is going to come down to honest conversations,” the coach told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday.

Steve Smith, justin Langer
Steve Smith

“You can see how exhausted he was from the effort he put into his batting (during the Ashes), and whether he wants the burden of captaincy as well is something we’ll have to work out over time. I’ll be one of the selectors, and I think we’ll just work out what’s best.”

David Warner is a champion Player: Justin Langer

Another player who was banned after the ball-tampering incident was David Warner. In Ashes 2019, Warner’s performance was not good as the player lost the wickets early. Justin Langer was inquired about the performance of the player.

Warner was superb in ICC Cricket World Cup and IPL this year, opines Langer. He expresses that the player had a bad face in recent Ashes but he is a champion.

“He had a poor series against England, no doubt. That’s just a fact, and he knows that,” Langer said.

“But he also hasn’t lost his talent, because he was the highest run-scorer in the World Cup two weeks before the Ashes started, and he was the highest run-scorer in the IPL (Indian Premier League) before that. So he can bat.

 David Warner, Justin Langer
David Warner (Image Credit: Google)

“The other thing about David Warner, my experience tells me that you never write off champion players. And he’s a champion player.”

Meanwhile, Australian players are busy in the ongoing domestic season. The team will also have a tight international schedule from next month at home ground. They will have T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

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Steve Smith, RIcky Ponting
Steve Smith. Image Credits: Twitter
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Ricky Ponting Wishes That Steve Smith Becomes The Captain Again

Australian cricketer Steve Smith has been praised for his performance in the recent Ashes. The player scored 774 runs in just seven innings and was the highest scorer of the Ashes 2019. It didn’t feel that he was playing after a year as he was outstanding with his bat. He is back in the Australian squad but has lost his captaincy. Ricky Ponting thinks that Smith can get back the captaincy.

Smith played only four Test matches in  Ashes 2019 as he was ruled out of third Test match because of concussion. In the Test series, he played with the average of more than 100 and helped Australia to retain the away Ashes title for the first time in 18 years.

Ricky Ponting was of the view that after seeing Smith’s performance Australia can reconsider the player as a captain. He is ready to accept him to be the captain of Australia if the public likes it.

“Steve Smith – I think he will captain again. I don’t know what the Australian public might think about that,” Ponting said at an event at Australia House in London.

“So to me that seems like Cricket Australia has left the gate open … so if Cricket Australia thinks it’s OK then I’m happy with [it,]” Ponting added.

After the completion of the one-year suspension period, Smith is now also facing one-more year captaincy suspension. He will be available for the captaincy after March 2020.

Steven Smith, Ricky Ponting
Steven Smith. Source – Cricket Australia Twitter

Steve Smith knows his role: Ricky Ponting

Smith and David Warner were banned for one year from international cricket after the sandpaper ball-tampering scandal in March 2018, while Cameron Bancroft was given a nine-month ban. It was the dark phase for Smith in his career but it feels like that his contribution in Ashes 2019 has washed all of it. Ricky Ponting opines that Smith knows his place in the team and believes that he might be the future captain.

“I think he knows his role now. But once that ban is lifted, I don’t think it will be too long until he’s captain again,” Ponting said.

The accidental captain Tim Paine has given a satisfactory performance as the skipper. He was a failure in taking DRS as because of it they lost the third match in Headingly. His share in runs is also not remarkable. Cricket Australia (CA) will also reconsider him to be the future captain.

Tim Paine, Peter Siddle
Tim Paine (Image Credit: Getty Images)
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Ashes 2019: Tim Paine Reveals He And Peter Siddle Suffered From Injuries In Fifth Test Match

Australia retained the Ashes title because of the efforts of batsman Steve Smith and bowlers like Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Though Australians were not able to win the Ashes 2019 as England levelled the series (2-2 margin), Tim Paine became the star of Australia as under his captaincy they first time in 18 years brought back the Ashes from England.

Tim Paine revealed that he and Peter Siddle were suffering from the injuries in the last Test match of Ashes 2019. They played with the pain at the end of the Test.

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“My thumb was broken towards the end of that Test but it is not displaced, so I should be right to get back into training early,” Paine was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”

Tim Paine tagged Peter Siddle as Warrior

Peter Siddle, Tim Paine
Peter Siddle Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Paine shares about the injury of Peter and said he got injured on the first day of the last match of Ashes 2019. His hip was injured but the warrior as tagged by Paine played that entire game. Though he was criticised for his bowling in that Test Series, the team knew how heroic he was, opined Paine.

“Peter Siddle tore a hip flexor bowling on the first morning,” Paine said

“He has copped a bit of criticism for not bowling as well as he knows he can, but the team knows just how heroic he was. A lot of other people wouldn’t have bowled again in the match, but he pushed on because he didn’t want to leave Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins to do extra work. He’s a warrior, Sidds, and we love him deeply for that,” Paine said praising Siddle.

Further, Paine praised his team’s efforts to receive this big achievement. The accidental captain Tim Paine has registered his name in the history of Ashes.

But both Tim Paine and Peter Siddle have much time to recover as Australia’s next Test is scheduled on November 21.

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Steven Smith (Image Credit: Google)
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Steve Smith Feels Delighted Because Of Standing Ovation By England Crowd

Australian cricketer Steve Smith with his outstanding comeback has impressed everyone. It didn’t feel that the player had a one year halt in his career as he filled it with his great performance in Ashes 2019. He was the leading scorer in the Test series with 774 runs though he didn’t play the one Test match because of concussion. It was the only last innings of Ashes 2019 where he scored below fifty and got out on the Stuart Board’s short ball.

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In whole Ashes 2019, he was booed and was called with wrong names by England crowed. But in the last innings of the last Test match, he was given standing ovation by the crowd. Steve smith expressed his happiness of playing in this Ashes. He also feels delighted by the action of the crowd.

Steven Smith, standing ovation
Steven Smith (Image Credit: Google)

“It meant a lot to have that reception from the crowd today. It’s been an amazing couple of months with the World Cup and the Ashes, the cricket has been spectacular. The series has ebbed and flowed. I’ve loved every minute and I’m really proud of how I’ve been able to perform for Australia and to bring the urn home.”

“You always want to get better as a player. You need to keep working hard and continue doing what helps your team win games.”

Steve Smith applauded Jofra Archer

Smith praises his teammate Matthew Wade’s effort in the last innings as he scored 117 runs.

“You have always got to believe. The middle of the wicket really played well. Wade showed that if you hang in there you could score. But not enough people hung in there with him.”

The bowler which has annoyed Smith the most is Jofra Archer. Smith got injured in his fast bowl and was ruled out of the third match. Australian cricketer praises Archers bowling and wishes him for a bright future.

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Jofra Archer, Steven Smith
Jofra Archer and Steven Smith (Image Credit: Google)

“I saw Jofra last year at the IPL and realized he is a very special talent. He has got a very bright future.”

Steve Smith, RIcky Ponting
Steve Smith. Image Credits: Twitter
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Ashes 2019: Watch – Steven Smith Gets Standing Ovation

Australian cricketer Steven Smith got a standing ovation after getting out for the last time in the Ashes 2019 on last Sunday (15th September).

In last one-and-a-half-month long Ashes 2019, Steven Smith dominated with the bat. His master-level batting massively helped Australia to retain the Ashes title.

Before the Ashes 2019, Smith didn’t play a Test in the last 16 months. Due to facing the one-year suspension period for involving in the sandpaper gate incident in March 2018, Smith missed the Test cricket for a long time.

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He returned to the international cricket in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Though he performed well in that tournament, he wasn’t consistent with his bat. In that CWC 2019, Smith scored 379 runs in 10 innings with an average of 37.90.

Then, the 30-year-old made his Test return during the first game of Ashes 2019 at Birmingham. Smith scored 144 and 142 runs in that Test match which finally led the Australian team to win that match 251 runs. It was just the start of his dream run.

Steven Smith, standing ovation
Steven Smith (Image Credit: Cricket Australia Twitter)

In the second game at Lord’s (London), Smith scored 92 runs but missed the entire fourth innings due to the concussion. Even, when he was batting on 80 runs during Australia’s first innings, Jofra Archer’s delivery hit on his neck and he decided to retire hurt for a short time.

Smith missed the third Test at Leeds due to the concussion. But before the fourth Test, Smith has climbed up the no.1 position in the Test batting rankings.

The right-handed batsman returned in the fourth Test at Manchester where he scored 211 and 82 runs respectively. Once again, his dominance batting helped Australia to win that match by 185 runs.

Steven Smith scored 774 runs in Ashes 2019

In the fifth and last Test at The Oval, Smith scored 80 and 23 runs. Except for the final innings, Smith managed to score 75+ runs in each innings of Ashes 2019. He finished the Ashes 2019 journey with 774 runs in seven innings with an average of 110.57. It was the record runs for a batsman in a 21st century Test series.

Steven Smith, standing ovation
Steven Smith (Image Credit: Google)

Cricket fans enjoyed Steven Smith’s extraordinary batting performances. After the English pacer Stuart Broad dismissed Smith on 23 runs in his final innings of Ashes 2019, the spectators gave a standing ovation to the Aussie batsman.

Watch the video:

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MS Dhoni, Jonny Bairstow
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Watch – Jonny Bairstow Produces MS Dhoni-Esque Stumping To Dismiss Marnus Labuschagne

Though the Ashes series is all about England and Australia, more often than not MS Dhoni is being in the headlines for a few scenarios, which happened in the series. Firstly, it was all about Tim Paine’s poor DRS calling and now, the magical stumping from Jonny Bairstow made fans to compare him with MS Dhoni.

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On Day 4 of the fifth Test England wicketkeeper, Jonny Bairstow gave his fans a moment to remember. Bairstow did an MS Dhoni to send Marnus Labuschagne packing for 14 runs at Oval. It was a quick stumping that will remind fans of Dhoni, who is sharp when it comes to stumpings.

Lockie Ferguson, MS Dhoni
Dhoni affected a quick stumping to dismiss Lockie Ferguson. Image Courtesy: Getty

Jonny Bairstow removes bails in a flash:

It was a flighted delivery from Jack Leach which Labuschagne missed and lost his balance. Bairstow seized the opportunity and stumped the Aussie.  Labuschagne, who has been in superb touch in the Ashes 2019, failed to drag his backfoot home in time as Bairstow whipped the bails off to send the Aussie batter packing.

Even though the visitors have retained the coveted urn for the first time since 2001 on English soil, the Tim Paine-led outfit was looking to win the series after taking a 2-1 lead by winning the Old Trafford Test. However, it was England, who finished the series with a victory to their name, thus equalling the series scoreline.

MS Dhoni, Jonny Bairstow
Credits – Twitter

Though all the batters failed during the chase,  Matthew Wade batted well for his 117 and was the lone fighter in the visitor’s unsuccessful chase of 399. Having Mitchell Marsh and Pat Cummins for company, Wade added 52 and 44 for the sixth and seventh wicket respectively, in a brilliant effort to pull off a miracle on Sunday.

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Skipper Joe Root (2/26) sent Marsh packing, Stuart Broad got the better of Cummins. Broad with his figure of 4/62 and Jack Leach with 4/49 were the stars of the pack for the English bowlers. Also, this is the first time men’s Ashes series ended in a draw since 1972.

Here is the video:

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Joe Root. Twitter
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Ashes 2019: Joe Root Expresses That They Are Expecting Too Much From Jofra Archer

The thrilling Test Series, Ashes 2019, came to an end with 2-2 and Australia retaining the Ashes title. England levelled the series with their outstanding bowling attack as they made Smith out in just 23 runs in the last innings of Ashes 2019. Skipper Joe Root praises Jofra Archer as he was the Player of the Match award winner in the last Test. He took six wickets in the first innings but was unsuccessful to get a wicket in second innings.

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Though his efforts made Australians struggle for runs. Archer made his Test debut in the second match of this Ashes as Jimmy Anderson got injured. He gave his best to the team in this Ashes series as a young player. Joe Root detects that the team should not put pressure on this fast bowler. He is still in his learning period and should be given time.

“When I faced him in the nets against the red ball, it was clear he was going to be something special. But we have got to be careful of expecting too much of him. He is a young guy at the start of his career, playing in three formats, and he is still learning. I am still learning how to get the best out of him as captain,” Root said after the post-match conference.

Archer has the ability to turn game

Joe Root, Archer
Jofra Archer. Credits: Cricket Australia Twitter

In his Test Debut, Archer injured Steve Smith with his fast bowl that hit on Smith’s neck. Due to concussion, Smith was ruled out from the next Test match and Marnus Labuschagne was given the place in the team.

Root expresses that Archer’s presence changed the game. But he thinks that the fast bowler can not always bowl at 90mph and people need to understand.

“For someone right at the beginning of his career to have such a gift is entertaining, it is great to be able to captain that and I am very much looking forward to the rest of his journey,” he added.

“But one thing you can expect is he is going to entertain and make things happen. At times he is not going to bowl at 90mph, but he will go at two-and-a-half an over and create chances. I think making sure we don’t expect him to average 12 is something really important, while also knowing he’s got that ability to turn a game,” Root said.

Joe Root is Satisfied with the Test Series

England Test skipper Joe Root has expressed that he is satisfied with the last match as it made the series equal. But he is a little disappointed with the team’s performance as in his view they might have shown more efforts.

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Joe Root, Archer
Joe Root (Image Credit: Google)

“It looks a hell of a lot better than 3-1, that is for sure. I think it is probably a fair result over the whole series. People might disagree with that, but you look at Lord’s and things could have been very different after that game. You can look at ifs and buts – if Jimmy Anderson was still playing things might have been slightly different”.

“We didn’t do enough to win it back but we have certainly put in a performance this week, which meant a huge amount. To level this series I think it was really important for us as a side, and we’ll take a lot from it moving into the winter,” he added.

Pat Cummins, Ashes 2019
Pat Cummins (Image Credit: Google)
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Ashes 2019: Pat Cummins Breaks A Top Leading Wicket-Taker Record

Australian cricketer Pat Cummins finished as the highest wicket-taker in the Ashes 2019. He took 29 wickets in the Ashes 2019. Pat Cummins didn’t take a five-wicket haul in the entire Test Series. At the end of Ashes 2019, he became the most wicket-taker in a Test series without taking a five-wicket haul. Cummins broke the record of former Australian bowler Wayne Clark’s 28 wickets against India in Test series without taking a five-wicket haul.

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Cummins claimed seven wickets in the first Test match, six wickets in the second Test match, four wickets in the third Test match, seven wickets in the fourth Test match and five wickets in last Test match. His bowling attack unleashed the England players. He was the bowler with whose effort Australia retained the Ashes title.

Pat Cummins is the No.1 bowler in the ICC Test bowling ranking. In this Ashes, he made England batters struggle to make runs in his bowling. Joe Denly also earlier said that Australian bowler gave him a hard time as he has to work hard for every run.

In ICC World Cup 2019, he picked 14 wickets in the tournament and was the second-highest wicket-taker for Australia. Cummins has played 25 Test matches and had taken 123 wickets at an economy rate of 2.79.

Pat Cummins career was not easy

Pat Cummins, Ashes 2019
Pat Cummins (Image Credit: Google)

When Cummins was three years old, his sister banged the door on his finger and Cummins missed a small part of his middle finger. His middle finger and index finger are of the same size if we look closely. But this has not halted the career of the bowler.

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Pat Cummins had to go through injuries when he was at the peak. First, he suffered from a knee injury and then a back injury which gave a long break to his career. He made a great comeback and is now playing the Test matches.

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