Archer ready to put friendship with Steve Smith on hold

Jofra Archer England The Oval PA

England pace bowler Jofra Archer has admitted that any friendship between him and Australia batsman Steve Smith will go out of the window when the two sides meet at Lord’s on Tuesday.

Archer and Smith know each other well after playing alongside each other in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals but there will be no love lost.

Smith and team-mate David Warner have been met with a hostile reception following year-long bans for ball tampering, but Archer has stuck up for the former.

“He’s a really good guy. But cricket is cricket and I guess it’s time to be friends after,” said Archer. “Until the game is over, there will be nothing friendly about it.”

Archer is also hoping playing alongside Smith in the IPL will give him an advantage when England take on the Australians, in desperate need of a win following the defeat to Sri Lanka.

“When you play with them, you pick up on things you won’t normally notice when you’re just playing against them,” Archer added.

“So hopefully me and Ben can get together. I think we might bowl together at some point as well. We probably know what to do when he’s in.”