Smith ruled out of third Test
Australia’s man in form batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Test due to the effects of concussion sustained at Lord’s.
Steve Smith, who was looking unstoppable in the ongoing Ashes series is set to miss the third Test after Jofra Archer’s bouncer hit him straight to the neck. He has failed to overcome the effects of concussion and the Australian head coach Justin Langer confirmed that Smith sat out of Australia’s practice session on Tuesday.
Smith was retired hurt and left the field after he was struck by the bouncer. However, he came to bat again after a wicket fell down. In the end, he missed his well-deserved hundred as he departed on 92.
With just one day remaining for the start of the third Test, Smith needs to go through rigorous training and batting in the nets in order to be fully prepared and now it looks highly unlikely.
Smith is the leading run-getter in the series so far (378 runs from 3 innings). His concussion symptoms showed up on the fifth morning of the Lord’s Test, a day after the incident, and put paid to the little chances of him making a full recovery in the short turnaround between the two Tests. The third Test begins on August 22.