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Halted with a jolt: Steve Smith out of the second Ashes test due to concussion

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After suffering a nasty blow to the head from a bouncer off Jofra Archer, Steve Smith will not be partaking in any further action in the second Ashes test at The Lord’s.

The former Australian captain was hit on the head while playing on 80 and was taken off the field. However, the batsman returned to the crease a mere 40 minutes later to add 12 more runs to be eventually dismissed for 92.

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But after an overnight assessment, Cricket Australia have released a statement claiming for a concussion replacement which was brought forward by the ICC during their latest meeting. The statement also mentioned the possibility of Steve Smith’s availability for the third test. Read the entire statement below:

“Steve Smith has been closely monitored by medical staff overnight. He slept well but woke up with a bit of a headache and feeling of grogginess,” Cricket Australia said in a statement on Sunday.

“In terms of his availability for the next test, it will be considered over the coming days but the short turnaround is not in his favour. He will be assessed on an ongoing basis and will have a precautionary scan on his neck on Sunday,”

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