Smith taken to hospital for precautionary scans
Steve Smith has been taken to hospital for precautionary scans after he was struck by a brutal bouncer from Jofra Archer.
Steve Smith has been taken to hospital for “precautionary X-ray scans” on his left forearm after the end of Australia’s first innings. He played a gem of a knock of 92 and rescued Australia yet again from deep trouble.
He suffered an injury first on his arm, but he kept playing. Then he went onto suffering another injury on his neck and he had to leave the field retired hurt. However, he came into bat once again after a wicket fell. A team official confirmed that Smith had walked out to bat a second time only after being cleared by the team doctor.
“He was taken off the field and into one of the medical rooms. He was given the concussion assessment and then that was part of it. The assessment also involves a balance test: you stand on one leg, close your eyes, make sure you don’t fall over. The assessment also included the non-computerised SCAT5 test and the Cricket Australia certified COGSPORT test, which is computerised. SCAT5 is common to other sports too and is used in interpreting post-injury test scores.”
“(COGSPORT) is a baseline assessment is taken of players during the off-season and then when they do the test after they have suffered a head or neck injury, it’s compared against the baseline,” he said.
The doctor also informed that Smith will be assessed once he gets back to the hotel from the hospital and at morning as well when he will wake up.