Cricket World Player of the Week - Steve Smith and Jofra Archer

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When Steve Smith and Jofra Archer put on a show, the other players in both Australia and England begin to look quite ordinary despite them being the best that the two countries have to offer.

After England posted 258 in the first innings of the Lord's Test, Australia were struggling at 162-6. However, they still had the belief of erasing England's lead and even getting beyond that due to one man - Steve Smith.

Just like the first Test, Smith stood tall for his team in the Lord's Test as well, scoring 92 runs of the highest order. This included facing a fiery spell from Jofra Archer which will now be etched in the annals of Test history forever. 

Mind you, this came on the back of two 140s in the first Ashes Test which literally won Australia the match.

While all other English bowlers seemed quite innocuous against Smith, it was Jofra Archer who stood out. England might have found themselves in a lot of trouble in the absence of their trump cad James Anderson and Mark Wood not available due to injury, had Jofra Archer not delivered.

Although theoretically he picked just five wickets on his Test debut, the impact that he had on the match was far greater. If England were in a position to strive for a win on the last day of the Lord's Test, it was due to the heroics of Archer.

With very little to separate the two masters, Steve Smith and Jofra Archer share the Cricket World Player of the Week this time around.

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