Smith to undergo concussion test again before 2nd ODI
Australia batsman Steve Smith suffered a blow on his head ahead of the first ODI against England. He suffered the blow during a throwdown session in the nets on the eve of the game.
After a disappointing T20I series against England, Steve Smith had to miss the first ODI against the hosts after getting a blow on his head during the training session. Skipper Aaron Finch confirmed during the toss that he has been rested due to the blow.
The Aussie skipper also informed that Smith need to undergo another concussion test to make himself available for the second ODI.
“He got a knock on the head yesterday in practice. It’s a precautionary measure to leave him out. For Smith to be cleared to play on Sunday, he will need to pass another test, to be held one day before the game,” Finch said during the toss.
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis was promoted up the order at number three as a replacement of Smith. And, it quite paid off in the end as he looked promising for his 34-ball 43.
According to the latest update, Australia scored 294 with the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. Glenn Maxwell played a brilliant knock of 77 off just 59 balls while Mitchell Marsh scored a steady 73 from 100 balls.
In reply, the hosts have lost 4 wickets so far with 122 runs on the board. They need 173 runs in 22 overs to go 1-0 up in the three-match ODI series.