Star batsman of the Australian team, Steve Smith has been officially ruled out by the management from the third Ashes Test. This news brought a great sense of uneasiness in team members as well as for Australian fans. The test will take place in Headingley and news are such that Smith has failed to recover from the concussion he suffered during Lord’s test.
Before the third test, Smith had three days in between to recover, but given the intensity of the injury, it was quite hard for someone to recover on time. Just two days before the third Ashes, Australian team coach Justin Langer confirms that Smith Smith will miss the next test of the series.
Marnus Labuschagne already replaced Smith in the second inning of the second Ashes where he also scored 59 runs, and the officials have now confirmed that he will take the place in the playing XI.
Smith was on 80 runs when he got stuck in the neck by England fast bowler, Jofra Archer’s bouncer in the first inning of the second test. Smith initially passed the concussion test and resumed his batting whee he completed his inning and made 92. But the next day he woke up with a headache and dizziness on the final day and his mandatory subsequent testing revealed that his condition is severe, hence he will not be able to play for the next test.
So far Australia has taken a lead of 1-0 in the game, the second test was a draw and now with the news with unavailability, speculations have been made that the team might have to struggle to win the next test. However, from the England side, the squad remains unchanged and the team will try to make the inning even for them.