Replacing Injured Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne Creates History Becoming First Concussion Substitute
After facing a nasty blow on the day four of the ongoing Lord’s Test, Australian cricketer Steven Smith became the first player in international cricket history to face the concussion rule out. Meanwhile, Marnus Labuschagne became the first concussion substitute in international cricket history.
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On the fourth day of this rain-interrupted second Test match of the Ashes 2019, Smith faced that injury. During the 77th over of Australia’s first innings, English pacer Jofra Archer‘s short delivery hit on Smith’s neck.
It was a nasty blow as Smith soon laid down on the ground. The Aussie medical staff soon came on the field to check Smith. Though Smith stood up, he retired hurt at that time. At that moment, Smith was batting on 80 runs off 152 balls.
Later, on the same day, Smith returned to the crease and added 12 more runs before losing his wicket.
However, Smith has still felt uncomfortable. Though he slept well, he has still a headache, dizziness, feeling slowed down, feeling in a fog, don’t feel right, drowsiness etc. He will undergo the neck scan on Sunday.
Match Referee accepted Marnus Labuschagne as the concussion substitute
Before the beginning of the day five of this Test match, Smith withdrew his participation in this Test. As per the new ICC rules, the team can now appeal for the concussion substitute. So, the Australian team manager Gavin Dovey requested to the match referee Ranjan Madugalle to allow Marnus Labuschagne in the remainder of this Test match as a concussion substitute. The match referee accepted that replacement without any condition.
Due to this like-for-like replacement, Labuschagne can play a similar role like Smith. He is also batting on the final day of this Test match where Australia is chasing the 267 runs target.
On day four of this Lord’s Test, Smith also faced a blow on his left hand. According to the media reports, his left hand is currently in a much better position.
In the ongoing Ashes 2019, Australia won the first Test at Edgbaston by 251 runs.
Meanwhile, England scored 258 runs in the first innings of the ongoing Lord’s Test after Australia decided to field first. In reply, Australia scored 250 runs while Steven Smith managed to score 92 runs off 161 balls. England declared their second innings on 258/5 and set the 267 runs target for the visitors.
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