Steve Smith suffers blow to the head, rested for first ODI against England

Steve Smith missed Australia’s first ODI against England at Old Trafford on Friday due to a head knock.

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Steve Smith missed Australia’s first ODI against England at Old Trafford on Friday due to a head knock.

It has been learnt that with Smith suffering a blow to the head in the nets on Thursday. Smith withdrew shortly as a precaution before toss despite having passed his assessment.

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A team spokesperson told cricket.com.au that Smith is being assessed for concussion. Smith - who is the captain of Rajasthan Royas - along with other team-mates will be leaving for the United Arab Emirates next week for the IPL.

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