Birmingham, July 12 -- As a wicketkeeper Alex Carey is used to catching things at high speed. That now includes his helmet.

England pacer Jofra Archer - who can reach speeds of 150 kph (95 mph) - bowled a rising delivery which hit Carey around the jaw with enough force to knock off his protective helmet in their Cricket World Cup semifinal on Thursday.

Carey's reactions were sufficiently quick to catch the helmet - avoiding any danger to his stumps - before immediately raising a hand and calling for aid.

Carey saw the funny side of it afterward despite the Australia batsman needing six stitches around the chin area.

"The (helmet's) buckle clicked and it fell off. It was the best catch of the tournament for me," he joked. "I didn't rea...