Jofra Archer knocked Alex Carey’s helmet clean off his head with a wicked bouncer as England’s openers tore through Australia’s top order on their way to a dominant Cricket World Cup semi-final victory at Edgbaston.
Carey, in at No. 5 after the Aussies collapsed to 14-3 in the seventh over, was left with a nasty gash on his chin following the vicious blow from Archer.
Facing just his fifth delivery, the ball jumped off the track at 90mph and clattered into the grille of his helmet.
Remarkably, the batsman had the presence of mind to catch his headgear and prevent it from falling onto the stumps, but he did not escape unscathed and a physio came rushing on to patch him up.
Archer warned batsmen they would need two helmets in a tweet which quickly resurfaced from way back in 2013.
It continued an incredible spell for England as Archer and Chris Woakes put the tournament hosts firmly in charge of the semi-final.
Archer got rid of the dangerous Aaron Finch for a golden duck with his first delivery, before Woakes grabbed the crucial wickets of David Warner and Peter Handscomb shortly afterwards.
England bowled Australia out for a meagre total of 223 before chasing it down with 107 balls to spare in order to reach their first World Cup final since 1992.
Archer’s vicious, nasty spells have already seen South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Afghanistan’s Hashmatullah Shahidi require medical treatment, with the Englishman reaching speeds of 95mph.
Against Bangladesh, Archer clean bowled Soumya Sarkar with a delivery so fast, it went for six off the top of off-stump.
His violent bouncer to Carey evoked memories of Steve Harmison against Ricky Ponting in the 2005 Ashes series, with many hailing Archer as England’s best genuine paceman since the glory days of Harmison and Andrew Flintoff.