Smith Hopeful of a Return in Third Ashes Test

Ross Houston
August 19, 2019

All results were still possible and Australia must cope without the prolific Smith, who made 144 and 142 in their emphatic first test victory, in the second innings as they continue their bid to win the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001.

Sky Sports commented on Smith's health this morning during the final day, and the Australian reportedly woke up this morning feeling dizzy and unwell.

He said, "I don't think it'll be a series-defining spell. Steve will undergo a precautionary scan on his neck on Sunday".

Australia batsman Steve Smith who was ruled out on the final day of the second Ashes Test due to a concussion, said he is hopeful to be available for the next match.

The ICC guidelines state that "usually a player will recover in about seven days, but this can vary from individual to individual".

Smith, unbeaten on 80 at the time, was led off the field for further concussion testing before being cleared to return on the fall of the next wicket.

Match referee Ranjan Madugalle has approved Australia's application for Labuschagne to serve as a like-for-like replacement for Smith.

"It's obviously a quick turnaround between Test matches". I was able to get a good sleep in, which is somewhat rare for me. It's up to the medical staff and we'll have's certainly an area of concern, concussion, and I want to be 100 per cent fit.

There have been questions from members of the media as to whether England players were seen laughing as Smith was being treated by a doctor.

"As a cricket watcher, I know everyone around the ground enjoyed that [battle], and even as an Australian fan back home, it would have been very exciting to watch a young up-and-coming superstar, going up against the best in the world, and getting the crowd riled up, and right behind him". But for me, he's taken a heavy knock - two heavy knocks - but he's said "I can still bat here".

"Australia will now be lodging a substitute for a concussion substitute".

The absence of Smith at Headingley would leave a gaping hole in the Australian batting order.

Smith was down with a bouncer that hit him in his neck and for a moment, all came to a standstill.

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