Ashes: Former Australian batsman Mark Cosgrove head butts bouncer

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On the eve of the third Ashes test, a former Australian batsman has provided a lesson on how not to play English quick Jofra Archer.

At a time when the dangers of the short ball are firmly in the spotlight, Mark Cosgrove has come under fire for playing a bouncer with his head.

Cosgrove, playing in the County Championship for Leicestershire against Durham on Wednesday (Thursday NZT), moved his helmet towards a Ben Raine bouncer in a move that has upset some on social media.

Mark Cosgrove has been a regular in Australia's Big Bash League.

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Mark Cosgrove has been a regular in Australia’s Big Bash League.

Australia will go into the third Ashes test at Headingley that begins on Thursday night (NZT) without Steve Smith – the leading run-scorer in the series – after he was felled in the second test by a brutal Archer bouncer that struck him in the neck.

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Raine’s bouncers might not have been anywhere near as threatening as Archer’s but with player safety and short bowling in the spotlight, the Leicestershire batsman – who played three ODI’s for Australia in 2006 – has been criticised on social media.

“After everything that has played out over the past week, I’d suggest this is f***ing stupid from Mark Cosgrove,” one social media user wrote.

Mark Cosgrove has drawn a mixed reaction to his approach to playing a bouncer with his head.

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Mark Cosgrove has drawn a mixed reaction to his approach to playing a bouncer with his head.

The Australians will need to brace themselves for more fiery short balling from Archer but hopefully, they take a more measured approach than Cosgrove.

Cosgrove’s head butting approach has gone viral on social media with a video posted by Raine’s Durham side receiving 15,800 views in a matter of hours.

Cosgrove scored a defiant century, finishing with 107 not out, to help Leicestershire to a draw at Chester-le-Street. 



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