Ashes 2019: Smith hopes to be 100% fit for Headingley Test

A second concussion test conducted as per a Cricket Australia protocol ruled Steve Smith out of the final day of the Lord's Test and is in doubt for the Headingley Test.

Steve Smith is the top run-getter in the ongoing Ashes series.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Australia batsman Steve Smith, who could not be part of the final day proceedings of the second drawn Test at Lord’s following a concussion, is hoping to regain full fitness before the third Ashes game beginning on Thursday.

On Saturday, Smith was hit by a ferocious bouncer on the neck by debutant Jofra Archer and had to retire hurt at 80. However, he came back after passing concussion tests and returned to make 92.

Another concussion test was conducted before the fifth day’s play as per Cricket Australia protocol, which “demonstrated some deterioration from his testing which is consistent with the emergence of the symptoms he was reporting.”

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“It’s certainly an area of concern -- concussion, and I want to be 100 per cent fit,” Smith was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

“(It is) certainly up to the medical staff and we’ll have conversations.”

On Sunday morning, however, the 30-year-old was diagnosed with late concussion and was ruled out of the game and was replaced by Marcus Labuschagne who played a gritty 59-run knock and helped Australia draw the Test and maintain its 1-0 lead in the ongoing Ashes series.

Steve Smith was ruled out of the final day suffering from concussion symptoms after being struck on the neck by an Jofra Archer bouncer on Saturday and Marnus Labuschagne was hit on the helmet by the second ball he faced from the Barbados-born fast bowler.

Steve Smith was ruled out of the final day suffering from concussion symptoms after being struck on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer on Saturday and Marnus Labuschagne was hit on the helmet by the second ball he faced from the Barbados-born fast bowler.   -  Getty Images

 

On Sunday evening, CA said a “precautionary scan” of Smith’s neck “cleared him of any structural damage” and that he would be “reviewed on an ongoing basis” before the Headingley Test. He also had a scan on his neck on Sunday.

“With the tests that I’ve done and how I’ve woken up today, I think it’s the right decision,” Smith said.

“I’d obviously love to be out there trying to keep performing and try and help Australia win another Test match, but I think the right decision has been made.

“I’ll obviously be monitored very closely over the next few days with a pretty quick turnaround in between Test matches and I’m hopeful that I can make a recovery and be ok for that,” he added.

Australia won the first Test by 251 runs in Birmingham in which Smith scored twin centuries and proved to be a difference between the arch-rivals.