Fans slam Jofra Archer for smiling after nasty bouncer to Steve Smith

first_imgSteve Smith was forced to retire hurt after being struck on the neck by a short ball from England fast bowler Jofra Archer on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Saturday.Smith had moved on to 80 not out when he was hit by Archer, who bowled a hostile spell from the Pavilion End during which his deliveries reached speeds of 96 miles per hour.Smith fell face forward onto the ground. He was wearing a helmet without the additional neck protection. Smith received several minutes of on-field treatment involving both Australian and English medical staff.Smith came back and was out on 92 when he shouldered arms to a Woakes delivery that nipped back and was plumb lbw to leave Australia 234-8.Archer was spotted laughing along with fellow cricketer Jos Buttler when Smith fell face forward onto the ground.Archer, making his Test debut, had previously struck Smith on his unprotected forearm with another bouncer during a fiery eight-over spell that cost 31 runs.Archer pinned Rory Burns to get his maiden Test wicket. But it was his bouncer to Steve Smith on the fourth day that grabbed all the limelight.Archer’s chilling attitude did not go well with Cricket fans as many questioned his sportsman spirit on Twitter. A few of them reminded them of what happened to Phillip Hughes.Jofra Archer not checking on Steve Smith after the nasty blow on the latter’s neck but laughing instead,says a lot about him as a sportsman.I hope,he gets a taste of own medicine soon.Archer,on the rader now.#Ashes19 #ArcheradvertisementAayushi Rathi (@AayushiRathi10) August 17, 2019Disrespectful @JofraArcher behaviour. Hope you breakdown and have others laughing at you. #flogMeredith Angwin (@Angwin_MJ) August 17, 2019OK, I’m going to give @JofraArcher the benefit of the doubt; maybe he was laughing about something else when he felled #SteveSmith. Not happy with Eng fans who continue to boo Smith even after his heroics. Move on! #Ashes19Geoffrey Denman (@geoffdenman) August 17, 20196 short balls in an over and a half. Where did you think this was going to end up Archer?And you’re cracking up laughing.Shit Bloke#Ashes19 #ENGvsAUS pic.twitter.com/HOS16QUj7REd (@terkey76) August 17, 2019Also Read | Steve Smith 1st batsman to score seven successive 50+ scores in AshesAlso See:last_img read more

Abortion border wall put major spending bills into disarray

WASHINGTON — Fights over abortion and President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall have thrown Senate efforts to advance $1.4 trillion worth of agency spending bills into disarray, threatening one of Washington’s few bipartisan accomplishments this year.A government shutdown remains unlikely, but agencies face weeks or months on autopilot while frozen at this year’s levels if the logjam isn’t broken.At issue are 12 annual budget bills to fund the day-to-day operations of the government. The bills are needed to fill in the details of this summer’s budget and debt deal, which reversed cuts scheduled to slash the Pentagon and domestic programs and increased the government’s borrowing cap so it won’t default on its payments and Treasury notes.Sweeping votes on July’s budget blueprint were a kumbaya moment in Trump’s polarized capital. But the Senate Appropriations Committee, tasked with filling in the details, has been beset by infighting in advance of a bill drafting session on Thursday.Democrats complain that panel chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala. — following the lead of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. — is shortchanging the popular health and education measure to fund Trump’s $5 billion request for his border wall. They are also furious about Trump’s moves to raid $3.6 billion in military base construction projects to pay for 11 additional border fence segments totalling 175 miles in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.“That’s created a real problem,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the most senior member of the Appropriations Committee. “To take money from substandard schools for children of military people … that’s left a very bad taste.”Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is poised with an amendment to an almost $700 billion Pentagon funding bill to block Trump’s unprecedented fiscal manoeuvrs, and he has several potential GOP allies on the committee.Durbin’s threat doesn’t seem to have Republicans on edge, but Republicans say that Democrats such as Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a savvy panel insider, are breaking summertime promises to avoid adding “poison pills” to the measures that could bog them down or attract Trump veto promises.In particular, Murray is pressing to overturn a Trump executive order that takes away federal family planning funds from organizations like Planned Parenthood that counsel women about their abortion options.The stakes were raised last month when Planned Parenthood announced it would stop accepting Title X federal family planning funds rather than comply with a Department of Health and Human Services edict to comply with the abortion counselling ban. Two Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio closed this week.Murray’s amendment would likely pass the Appropriations panel, where two pro-abortion rights GOP women would likely side with her. Facing that prospect, Shelby dropped the health funding measure from the agenda, along with a foreign aid bill that also faced an abortion controversy.“His gag order changed Congress’ intent” to award family planning grants to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Murray said. “Title X has had bipartisan support forever.”The panel has a long history of smoothing over its differences on abortion in the interest of getting its legislation passed, however, and both sides want to press on and work out the challenges. House members like Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., are eager to start House-Senate conference committee talks aimed at legislation both chambers can pass, as is McConnell.“We’re hopefully going to get past this little rough patch and get back to the agreement we all signed onto,” McConnell said Wednesday.“We’ll get it done because there’s a desire to get it done,” Leahy said. “We know how to do it.”Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press read more