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The Ashes: Australia star Steve Smith ruled out of third Test | UK News



Australia batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test at Headingley due to concussion.

Smith, 30, was withdrawn on day five of the second Test at Lord’s after showing delayed symptoms from being hit in the neck by a 92mph bouncer from Jofra Archer the previous afternoon.

The former Australia captain retired hurt after being floored by Archer’s short ball but came back to complete his innings after less than an hour off the field.

Australia's Steve Smith falls to the ground after being hit in the head by a ball off the bowling of England's Jofra Archer (unseen) during play on the fourth day of the second Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on August 17, 2019
Steve Smith falls to the ground after being hit in the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer

He did not appear to be fully in control on his return to the crease and was out leg before wicket soon after.

The batsman had uncharacteristically played no shot to a straight ball from Chris Woakes and called for a review of the decision while walking to the pavilion.

Jos Buttler, Jack Leech and Joe Root of England check on Steven Smith of Australia as he lies on the ground after been hit in the head by a ball from Jofra Archer of England during day four of the 2nd Specsavers Ashes Test match at Lord's Cricket Ground on August 17, 2019 in London, England
England players check on Steve Smith after the incident

Smith passed all the necessary concussion tests at the time of the blow on Saturday, but his condition deteriorated overnight.

On Sunday, the touring team announced he was withdrawing from the match and was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne, who became Test cricket’s first concussion substitute.

Though widely anticipated, the news is a serious blow to Australia’s hopes of winning the series.

Smith, the number two batsman in world cricket on the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings, has scored 144, 142 and 92 in his three innings in the series to date.

The tourists lead 1-0 with three tests remaining, starting in Leeds on Thursday.

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