One of the greatest cricketers of all time Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third test of ongoing Ashes series against England. This came after the brilliant right-handed batsman failed to recover from the concussion which he suffered at Lord’s Cricket Ground after being hit by a delivery from Jofra Archer. The 30-year-old ace Australian player was aggressively hit by the death-dealing bouncer of classic pacer Archer on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test. Eventually, he had no choice and left the field in between his well-going innings. However, Smith resumed his game like a warrior after 46 minutes but was unable to find the previous momentum and lost his wicket at 92 runs. This was the first-ever time in Ashes 2019 when Smith went back to pavilion at fewer than 100 runs.
Smith’s condition was the biggest priority for the whole Australian squad as a result, he was immediately sent to the hospital for a concussion test when the match finished off on that day.
When Smith failed to take the field on the remaining day of the second test, the South Africa-born Australian cricketer, Marnus Labuschagne was called at his place. Notably, the 25-year-old young cricketer Labuschagne has become the first concussion substitute ever in the history of Test cricket format. The brilliance of great right-handed batsman helped the Australian squad to secure a draw against England and preserve their 1-0 lead in the five-match Ashes Test series.
The prolific player Smith who made a tremendous comeback in Ashes squad after a one-year ban seemed to be at the peak of his career one more time. He hit successive centuries in the ongoing Ashes but suddenly his winning momentum faced a jolt. Though Steve Smith tried his best to bounce back but the reports of the team’s doctors stated that the symptoms of concussion could emerge again and he should be kept away from the field. As per the concussion protocols of Australia, Steve Smith requires the approval of Dr. Saw before he resuming his game in the Ashes 2019.
The third Ashes test is scheduled to be held at Headingley Stadium in Leeds from August 22nd till August 26th.