The Australian wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey suffered a huge blow on his chin after a fiery bouncer by the Engish pacer, Jofra Archer during the second semi-final of ongoing ICC World Cup. Facing just the fifth ball of his innings, with Australia 19-3 after 7.5 overs, Archer raced in to deliver another rapid delivery for Carey.
Archer’s delivery bounced up off the pitch and flew through the gap and crashed into the grill of the batsman’s helmet. Due to the pace of the delivery from Archer, the helmet came flying off. Carey was batting at no.5 for the struggling Aussies and he was quick enough to catch his helmet.
If the helmets had anded on the stumps and knocked off the bails, he would’ve been dismissed in the most unfortunate way possible. But the heavy blow still caused physical damage to Carey, cutting his chin open.
Soon after that, the physio came on to provide treatment, patching the Australia wicketkeeper up so he could continue. But after five more overs, the trainer was back to add further strapping as the blow starting swelling. That caused a slight delay in the action, allowing players and spectators to catch their breath after a relentless start.
Here is the video of the incident:
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Archer dismissed Australia skipper Aaron Finch lbw for a golden duck with his first delivery. In the third over, Chris Woakes managed to churn out David Warner into an edge, with Jonny Bairstow holding on to a simple catch at slip. And then after already surviving a review, Peter Handscomb went for four when he could only edge Woakes’ fine delivery on to his stumps.
Those dismissals reduced Australia to 14-3 off just 6.1 overs with Steve Smith and Carey trying to build recovery in the semi-final clash at Edgbaston.