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England pace bowler Jofra Archer is”all for the conflict” with Australia’s Steve Smith nevertheless claims he is”not wanting to scare” the batsman.
Smith missed the third Ashes Test at Headingley using concussion after he was hit on the throat by a 92mph delivery from Archer.
Smith has been set to go back for its fourth Test at Old Trafford, with all the series tied at 1-1.
“He’s a hard nut. I am just here to get him out,” Archer told BBC Sport.
“I am all for the battle, but I am not going to get caught up in it either. There’s other players we need to get out too.”
England claimed a dramatic triumph at Headingley to measure the series, if they win both of the two Tests but holders Australia will retain the Ashes.
Smith has become the standout player in the series so far 378 runs in 3 innings, including two centuries at the first Test at Edgbaston.
He was forced to retire hurt on 80 later Archer hit him at Lord’s and also took a blow to the arm at a battling innings.
Concussion replacement Marnus Labuschagne in the second innings returned to make 92 but replaced him as Australia survived to draw the Exam.
Asked if he thought Smith feared himArcher said:”I do not know. He came back into bat, he’s a nut.
“He is a world-class batter – he is number one in the rankings. He’s most likely one of the more important wickets we need to get, but not the sole wicket.
“I’m not trying to frighten him either, I’m only trying to out him ”
Archer left his Test debut at the second match of this show and impressed by his speed and accuracy.
He has taken 13 wickets in two Tests for England.
The 24-year-old bowled the superb over as the hosts won the World Cup in July, made his debut in May, capable to play in March and made his Test debut a month later.
His pace has set him apart from the remainder of the England attack, but Archer added:”It is all right to bowl quickly but sometimes no-one is scared of fast bowling.
“We have seen this series you’ve still got to get the men out.”
England XI for fourth Exam: Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (capt), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler, Craig Overton, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach.
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