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'He hasn't got me out' - Smith shrugs off Archer threat
Ashes 2019

'He hasn't got me out' - Smith shrugs off Archer threat

Steve Smith has played down the hype surrounding Jofra Archer's bumper barrage getting the better of him by pointing out the premier paceman has yet to dismiss him in international cricket.

Smith, who is set to return to cricket action in the tour match with county side Derbyshire on Thursday, suffered a concussion in the game at Lord's when he was felled by a 92mph Archer bouncer.

The former Australian captain, who despite missing the Headingley encounter reigns at the top of the run charts this series, brushed off claims of Archer being his nemesis.

"There's been a bit of talk that he's got the wood over me, but he hasn't actually got me out," he told cricket.com.au.

"He hit me on the head on a wicket that was a bit up and down at Lord's.

"He actually didn't get me out. All the other bowlers have had more success against me, I daresay.

"I've faced them a bit more, but they've all got me out a lot more."

Smith struck twin centuries in his first Test since his comeback following the expiry of the 12-month ban due to his role in the ball-tampering scandal and accentuated his run-scoring spree with a 92 in the next match before being replaced by concussion substitute Marnus Labuschagne in the second innings.

As part of his preparation ahead of the Derbyshire game, Smith was observed to be practicing against short-pitched bowling in the nets.

The 30-year-old, however, dismissed the impact of bouncers posing a challenge to his style of play.

"If they're bowling up there it means they can't nick me off, or hit me on the pad or hit the stumps," Smith said.

"With the Dukes ball I don't know, it's an interesting ploy.

"So we'll see what happens."