The second day of the Christchurch test was filled with excitement. However, an incident in the last over of the second session could have potentially disrupted all the fun. Australian captain Steve Smith was struck on the helmet by a vicious bouncer bowled by left arm pacer Neil Wagner. Smith, tried to duck, but the ball kept low and struck Smith on the helmet.
The run machine, though, despite being jolted, carried on his work and soon registered a spirited ton, to take Australia to a position of strength. New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner though, admitted that he was extremely worried for Smith, when he was struck by the bouncer. “I ran up straight to him and he sort of flashed his eyes a little bit,” Wagner said. “I was a bit worried at the start. “Then he said he’s fine and he took a bit of time. “A hell of a lot of credit to him to take a blow like that and stand up and bat the way he did. “It shows the character of the bloke he is.”
Smith’s partner Joe Burns too spoke about the incident and said, “Certainly it’s always a concern when you see someone get hit in the head.” “It got him quite flush as well, which was a concerning part. “But fortunately the medical staff were out there very quickly. “Luckily, the tea break was just around the corner.” “It gave him a chance to sit down for 20 minutes and I guess just let the shock settle,” Burns said. “Then, yeah, he came out after tea and was 100 per cent. “He got a new helmet and just had 20 minutes to reset himself.”