Cricket neck guards may soon be mandatory
Neck guards could soon become mandatory in cricket, especially after Steve Smith was stuck by a Jofra Archer bouncer at Lord’s during the second Ashes Test.
Chris Woakes hopes Jofra Archer’s brutal spell of bowling to Steve Smith can halt the Australia batting sensation’s stunning form in the Ashes.
Cricket royalty Mark Taylor, Ian Healy and Shane Warne have criticised those fans at Lord’s who opted to boo Steve Smith after he was hit on the neck.
Steve Smith has been a central figure throughout this Ashes series and it was no different on day four of the second Test at Lord’s.
Steve Smith retired hurt after a frightening blow to the neck, returned to bat, and then cleared of a broken arm on an eventful fourth day at Lord’s.
Steve Smith has been rattled by three blows inflicted by England paceman Jofra Archer at Lord’s, including a hit to the neck that forced him to retire hurt.
An unbeaten captain’s knock by Dimuth Karunaratne has Sri Lanka on course for victory in the series-opening Test with New Zealand in Galle.
Steve Waugh says Cameron Bancroft, who has struggled in his first three knocks during the Ashes, should be backed ‘for the long term’ by Australia’s selectors.
Warwickshire’s England fast bowler Olly Stone has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a back injury, ending his Ashes chances.
Stuart Broad says Steve Smith’s on-field fidgetings are a distraction for umpires, after an Aleem Dar decision was overturned on review.
A snapshot from day three of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.
Australia have reached 5-155 at lunch on day four of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, where Steve Smith is unbeaten on 53.
World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan said he wants to lead England at the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in October 2020 - injury permitting.
Ravi Shastri has been reappointed as the head coach of India’s senior men’s team and will remain in charge until the T20 World Cup of 202.1
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