Australia batting star Steven Smith on Saturday (September 12), has passed his second concussion test in Manchester after coping a blow on his head during a gruelling practice session in nets ahead of the first ODI at Old Trafford.
Now, Smith is looking comfortable to make a return at the top — for the second ODI come this Sunday. Earlier, the right-handed batsman Smith was replaced at number three by Marcus Stoinis, who slammed 43 off 34 balls on a surface which did a bit with the ball.
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Besides, Smith Mitch Starc is keen to partake in the second ODI. On Friday, Smith had undergone first concession test, according to the Cricket Australia (CA) spokesperson.
However, he didn’t have a game owing to the precautionary measures before passing the second test inside 24 hours of passing the first test. Despite the latest results, Smith will be monitored by medicos until Sunday’s game.
“I think it was a good decision in the end. There’s no need to take unnecessary risks with head injuries,” Aussie all-rounder Mitch Marsh stated about Steven Smith.
Moreover, Marsh believes the team is in good stead and Smith’s return boost the team given to his amount of experience and way of handling the precarious situations during a game.
He also added that the selection committee has a lot on the table after drawing first blood against England in the 50-over leg.
“It probably gives our selection committee a few headaches now because the top order struck them beautifully, without getting a big score. Anytime you’ve got Steve Smith coming back into the team it’s a great feeling,” Marsh said.
Pertinently, Smith was felled by Jofra Archer’s nasty bouncer during the Ashes competition last year which eventually saw him slamming a double ton in the final Test after missing out the third Test and second innings of the second Test.
Speaking about the first game between England and Australia, the visitors won the first ODI by 19 runs following a splendid show from paceman Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa. Hazlewood snared three wickets after conceding just 26 runs in his quota of 10 overs.
On the other side, leg-spinner Zampa produced magic to clinch four wickets. Despite Sam Billings slamming a century, with Jonny Bairstow scoring 84, Australia bowlers put up a good show after batters set a target of 295 for hosts.
For England, Billing scored 118 off 110 balls with the help of 14 fours and two sixes.
Earlier, with the help of Glenn Maxwell’s 77 and Mitchell Marsh’s 73, Australia managed to post 294 for nine on the board on a wicket which helped new-ball bowlers.
Now, Australia leading the series 1-0, England would be keen to level the series on September 13.