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Smith passes concussion tests, ready for second ODI


Steve Smith gets the green signal for the second ODI against England as he has passed the required concussion tests. He suffered a blow on his head in the training session ahead of the first ODI.

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After registering a thumping victory against the hosts in the first ODI, Australia get a huge boost as their dynamic batsman Steve Smith is ready for the second ODI. He has passed the required concussion tests in Manchester, which was two tests in total.

A spokesperson from Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed on Saturday that the Aussie batsman has passed the second test. However, he also informed that Smith will be monitored ahead of Sunday’s game.

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Meanwhile, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh feels it was a good decision to not play Smith in the first game and believes head injures should be taken very seriously.

“I think it was a good decision in the end. There’s no need to take unnecessary risks with head injuries.  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,” he said.

Marcus Stoinis batted at no. 3 in the first ODI as a replacement of Smith and it proved to be a good movie in the end as he scored 43 off just 34 balls.

Australia won the game by 19 runs after posting a huge score of 294 runs batting first. Josh Hazlewood was named man of the match for his brilliant figures of 3/26 in 10 overs.

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