England extend lead at Lord's, Australia's Smith ruled out

Ross Houston
August 18, 2019

"Smith passed a series of concussion tests after the incident and resumed his innings, but woke this morning with a "bit of a headache and a feeling of grogginess", added the report".

Another concussion test was conducted before the fifth day's play as per CA protocol, which "demonstrated some deterioration from his testing which is consistent with the emergence of the symptoms he was reporting". Smith returned to bat later on and was eventually dismissed on 92.

Australia's task, of course, was to be made even more hard because their batting bulwark - Steve Smith - had been ruled out for the second innings because of a concussion suffered in the first innings.

It is unconfirmed yet whether he will take part in the third Test, with a quick turnaround surely making his participation unlikely.

"On that basis Steve has been withdrawn from the match by team doctor Richard Saw", the spokesman said.

Ponting, however, said it won't define the Test match and an experienced Smith won't have any fear in his mind when he takes guard against Archer next time.

After the day's play Australia head coach Justin Langer...

"I know they came in after the tragedy of Hughesy. So I'm sure it will get talked about, and he might rethink it now after seeing what happened today, but you would have to ask him that".

"At the moment, the players have a choice, and I wouldn't be surprised if they become mandatory in the future". "Steve will undergo a precautionary scan on his neck on Sunday", the CA statement said.

Archer got the home team off to a wondrous start, getting David Warner (5) and Usman Khawaja (2) out cheaply. "To see him go down, everyone stopped, and everyone's heart skipped a beat".

Australia lead the series 1-0 after a 251-run victory in the opener at Edgbaston.

In that match, former captain Smith marked his first Test since completing a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa with superb innings of 144 and 142.

The runs continued to flow and after Stokes got through to his hundred, the second fifty coming in just 54 balls, he and Bairstow (30no) flayed the ball around the ground for another over before the declaration to leave England with an hour to bowl at Australia before tea.

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