Concussion Rules Steve Smith Out of the Third Ashes Test
Australia suffered a blow in the ongoing Ashes as its main stalwart, Steve Smith, was ruled out of the fifth day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s and the entire third test due to a concussion. Smith was badly hit in the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer on the fourth day. Smith scored 80 runs off the Australian inning when he escaped another raise from Archer. The ball hit Smith’s neck and sent him packing. The players rushed to his aid before the Australian doctor rushed to the field to watch him. Fortunately, Smith got up and left the field for a standing ovation.
He then bravely spoke and scored another 12 points before being sent off by Chris Woakes. But now Smith was diagnosed with a concussion after apparently sleeping well, but waking up with a headache and dizziness. Smith will not be allowed to train or play for six days – meaning he is unlikely to be available for the third Test at Headingly, which starts on August 22.
Under the new concussion rules, a team can be replaced in the same way during the game. Australia replaced Smith with Marnus Labuschagne as the game continued on the fifth day. Rain delayed the start of the game at Lord’s, with England 104 ahead of them in their second set in 96/4.
Missing Smith will be a blow to Australia. Smith was in excellent form with the bat of the series. In the first game of the series, he scored for centuries in both rounds at Edgbaston to help Australia win the match by 251 points. It was the first time in 14 years that Australia had won the first Test of ashes in England.