Smith ruled out of final day’s play after experiencing delayed concussion symptoms

Ross Houston
August 19, 2019

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday condemned the harsh treatment meted out to batsman Steve Smith, who was subjected to booing by the Lord's crowd during the second Ashes Test which ended in a tense draw.

The immediate assessment can take place on the field, but a full test must take place in a quiet environment such as the dressing room.

The Cricket Australia policy states "a return to staged physical activity must not occur for at least 24 hours after a concussion diagnosis".

Smith was forced to retire hurt on 80* after the heavy blow, but bravely returned to bat after passing the concussion tests that immediately followed.

Smith copped a frightening blow on day four of the second Ashes Test, when he misread a Jofra Archer delivery that could have done serious damage.


Test Cricket has always been the arena of players who are technically strong and operate according to the orthodox way of batting.

Smith is upbeat he will recover in time to face England at Headingley but the touring party are bracing for the superstar to miss at least that game. Getting to play at Lord's is a pretty great experience, so you just want to make sure you're ready, listen to their instructions and follow them - that's the key.

While Australia captain Tim Paine said it would be "tough to stop Smithy walking out" for the match, the decision is ultimately up to team doctor Richard Saw.

"I think I, along with a few other players in the team, find it a little bit different, uncomfortable compared to what we're used to", he said.

Australian coach Justin Langer said Smith "doesn't feel right" wearing a stemguard.


Smith woke up on Sunday morning with "a bit of a headache and grogginess", said a statement issued by Cricket Australia (CA).

"Our doctor is an expert in his field, he's trained to pick up even the minor signs of concussion", he said.

The third Test begins in Leeds on August 22. "I feel like I'm enclosed and not overly comfortable", he was recently quoted as saying.

After receiving medical attention, Smith chose to walk off the pitch. "He has got symptoms now, there's a short time span between the second and third Test, so we will see accordingly", he added. Though he picked up just 5 wickets in the game, he was a pivotal reason behind England's dominance in the Lord's Test.

"In terms of Steve's availability for the third Test, this will be considered over the coming days but the short turnaround to the next Test is not in his favour".


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