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Archer says memories of late Phil Hughes came in after Smith bouncer
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Archer says memories of late Phil Hughes came in after Smith bouncer

Jofra Archer says memories of the late Phillip Hughes came into his mind after he bowled a sharp bouncer that floored Steve Smith in the second Test at Lord’s.

Former Australia batsman Phil Hughes had passed away after he was struck by a Sean Abbott bouncer during a Shield game in 2014.

"My first reaction was that it hit the helmet but a few seconds after he went down, everyone was like 'Oh no'," Archer told Talksport radio.

"We had the stuff with Phil a few years ago and, generally, anything that hits you in that vicinity is going to be trouble," he added.

"I'm just glad that he came out on the other side of it and batted in two games."

The 25-year-old Archer has not played any competitive cricket since the Boxing Day Test against South Africa at Centurion as he picked up an elbow stress fracture. The absence has coincided with an extended break enforced by the coronavirus pandemic.

The start of the English season has been delayed until July 1 but the ECB remain hopeful they will be able to host home series against West Indies and Pakistan behind closed doors.

The Barbados-born Archer said the absence of fans might be bearable if speakers could be used to simulate crowd noises.

"Playing in silence will take some getting used to, so it might be useful to play some music, some simulations of a crowd, something to create an atmosphere," Archer in his column for Daily Mail.

"The best solution, if we do have to play behind closed doors, might be to have cheers and clapping when someone hits a four or a wicket falls. These are the little things that will make it as normal as possible even though it won't be a normal occasion."