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When he renews his competition with Australia batsman Steve Smith in the fourth Ashes Test this week, england’s Jofra Archer will raise his game, says fast bowler Stuart Broad.
Smith missed England’s third-Test win with concussion after being struck with an Archer bouncer.
“He has not really got me out,” said Smith, who will play at Old Trafford.
Broad told BBC Sport:”Jofra is a wonderful bowler – but he’s a much better bowler when he gets contested.”
The penultimate Test begins together with the series level at 1-1 after England’s epic one-wicket victory at Headingley, on Wednesday.
“I understand when Steve Smith walks to the crease, Jofra will probably be walking into [captain] Joe Root saying:’Give me this ball'” additional Broad.
Archer, 24, qualified to play England in March, made his debut in May, bowled the super over as the hosts won the World Cup in July and has obtained 13 Test wickets at an average of 13.53 because his first appearance at Lord’s.
“We’ve seen him stand up to a lot of high-pressure scenarios already in his youthful global profession,” said Broad.
“I will be a very curious viewer out of mid-on because they’re two world-class gamers moving against each other, with just a small bit of verbal niggle going around too.
“That’s what Ashes cricket is about – the theatre, the excitement, the pleasure.”
Smith retired injury on 80 over the fourth day of the second Test after ducking to an Archer delivery at 92mphHe had already received treatment after being struck on the arm by a short ball from the bowler.
He had been replaced by concussion replacement Marnus Labuschagne in the next innings as Australia survived to draw the Exam Even though Smith returned to make 92.
Smith, who produced double centuries is averaging 126 having been dismissed Broad and after by by Chris Woakes.
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