Steve Smith to play against Derbyshire
Steve Smith has made a stellar rebound from the brutal injury he picked up during the second Test at Lord’s after hitting the nets for his first batting session in a week.
Australia’s best batsman is now sitting out the Headingley Test as he is recovering from the Jofra Archer short ball that struck him in the neck and caused delayed symptoms like headaches and dizziness.
Ever since that big blow, Australia’s medical team allowed Steven Smith a 15-minute session of light jogging.
However, in a recent development, the 30-year-old cricketer will play in the three-day tour match against Derbyshire that starts on Thursday in an attempt to return for the fourth Test at Old Trafford that starts from 4 September.
Talking about the Smith’s replacement, Marnus Labuschagne has performed considerably well with his crunch 80 in Australia’s second innings in Leeds making it 3 successive half-centuries.
The right-hander picked up some blows himself and also had an on-field concussion test on day three after being struck on the grille by Jofra Archer for the second time this series.
“I’m getting pretty good at answering the questions,” joked Labuschagne after the close. “I remember questions from two days ago! You don’t like getting hit in the head but it wakes you up.
The doc, it’s a bit of a laugh now, he comes out and I’m like: ‘Doc, I’m all right, I’m good.’ I think he knows now. If I do get hit properly, I think there will be a clear difference. The last few have just been glancing blows.”