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Making the Test return after 16 months, the 30-year-old Steven Smith is guiding the Australian side in the ongoing Ashes 2019. In the first Test at Edgbaston, Smith scored 144 and 142 runs which majorly helped Australia to beat the hosts England by 251 runs.
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Smith maintained his excellent batting form in the second Test at Lord’s (London). However, a serious injury has messed up this golden period. On day four of the rain-interrupted Lord’s Test, the English Test debutant Jofra Archer‘s one delivery hit on Smith’s neck. While it was Australia’s first innings in that Test, Smith was batting on 80 runs at that time.
Smith even laid down on that ground after that major blow. Though the medical treatment helped him to stand up, he decided to retire hurt. Later, he came to bat on the same day and added 12 more runs before losing his wicket through the lbw.
Later, Steven Smith faced the concussion rule out
On the day five morning, Smith felt uncomfortable, which was the part of after-effects of concussion. Though he slept well, he felt a headache, dizziness, feeling slowed down, feeling in a fog, don’t feel right, drowsiness etc.
Soon, he decided to face the concussion rule out on the day five of the Lord’s Test. The Australian team manager requested to the match referee Ranjan Madugalle to allow Marnus Labuschagne as the concussion substitute of Smith for the final day of this Test match. Understanding that situation, Madugalle accepted that request without any condition as Labuschagne became the first concussion substitute in international cricket history.
On the final day of that Test match, Labuschagne played a crucial role for his team to secure a draw. He scored 59 runs off 100 balls in that innings.
Meanwhile, Smith had to face the neck scan to understand the situation of that injury.
Smith was hoping to get 100% fit ahead of the third Test at Headingley (Leeds) that will begin on 22nd August. However, on Tuesday, the head coach Justin Langer has confirmed that Smith will miss the Leeds Test.
It is a massive blow for Australia, especially when the other Aussie batsmen are struggling. Smith is currently the leading run-scorer in the Ashes 2019 as he has scored 378 runs in three innings with an average of 126.00. Due to this batting form, Smith has recently climbed up to the no.2 position in the Test batting rankings.
At present, Australia are leading the Ashes 2019 by 1-0 after the first two games.