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Broad 'excited' for renewed battle between Archer and Smith
The Ashes 2019

Broad 'excited' for renewed battle between Archer and Smith

Stuart Broad is eagerly awaiting fellow England paceman Jofra Archer to take the attack to Australia star batsman Steve Smith when the two sides meet in the fourth Ashes Test on Wednesday.

Australia will be bolstered by the arrival of Smith into the team after he was ruled out of the third Test owing to a concussion.

Smith was felled by a nasty bouncer from Archer that struck the back of his neck as his absence in the previous game paved the way for a miraculous comeback win for England on the back of a special knock from Ben Stokes.

The fierce rivalry between Smith and Archer will now be renewed for the clash at Old Trafford with the top-order batsman having made it clear that he is not intimidated by the high speeds espoused by the 24-year-old.

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With England back in the contest to regain the prized Ashes urn as the series is evenly poised at 1-1, Broad feels the thrilling Archer-Smith showdown will be one of the highlights of the forthcoming Test match.

Smith, whose twin centuries helped Australia to a comprehensive win in the Edgbaston Test, proved his fitness in the visitors' triumph over Derbyshire in the tour game.

"It's great to have him back. No-one wants to see anyone miss cricket through a head injury. But Test cricket is a brutal sport, it's a sport where countries go hell for leather against each other," Broad said.

"It was a really tasty bit of cricket at Lord's"

Broad predicted Archer would be willing to dish out another bouncer barrage when Smith walks out to bat in Manchester.

"I'm sure when Steve comes in Jofra will be in Joe Root's ear wanting the ball, no doubt about that. Jofra will be excited to continue that battle.

"There will be a period in this game where those two come together again and touch wood I'm on the pitch to view it. That's the intensity Test cricket brings, that's the theatre."

He also praised the way World Cup-winner Archer rapidly increased his pace in the match at Lord's to unsettle the number one ranked Test batsman.

"I might be stood at mid-on but I'll be excited when Jofra asks for that ball. It was a really tasty bit of cricket at Lord's, Smith was on 70 or 80, playing beautifully, and Jofra went from 84mph to 95mph. He was really charging in.

"That sort of cricket is awesome to watch on the telly or from the stands but when you're stood at mid-on it's pretty special. Hopefully we can have a battle like that again."