Published: Tue, August 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Steve Smith out of the third Ashes Test

Steve Smith out of the third Ashes Test

The Ashes series is the first being played under the International Cricket Council's new concussion substitute regulations, as part of the inaugural World Test Championship. The 30-year-old was hit on the neck from a Jofra Archer bouncer on the third day of the second Ashes Test and had to leave the field mid-way through his innings for a suspected concussion.

Generally accepted medical guidelines require a five-day break after a concussion diagnosis, which would rule Smith out of the Test.

Smith, by far Australia's best batsman, is now facing a race against the clock to be passed fit for the third Test at Headingley later this week.

Smith wasn't wearing a StemGuard, the clip-on neck protector designed by helmet manufacturer Masuri in the aftermath of Phillip Hughes' tragic death, when he was struck by a Jofra Archer bouncer on Saturday.

After arriving in Leeds, vice-captain Travis Head said Smith was in "good spirits" but that was no guarantee he was ready to play.

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"I think what we have seen at Lord's with the slope there was a lot of balls following batters and going down the slope". The wickets are a little bit slower and you can get some that do different things so it is not as true bounce.

Steve Smith will be out of action for the third Ashes Test in Leeds in the wake of the massive blow to the neck.

"Him missing the Headingley Test will be a massive loss for Australia. He has been a standout in this series and he looks like he's batting in different conditions to everyone else", McGrath was quoted as saying by BBC. (Saw) has had a busy week and I know he was looking after (Smith) pretty well, he is in good hands.

"I'm still backing Australia, of course".

Labuschagne is the most likely option to replace Smith, having made 59 as Australia battled to a draw on Sunday, which retained their 1-0 lead in the series.

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