In the ongoing Ashes series, Steve Smith was hit by a bouncer from Jofra Archer on his neck and then he had to leave the field as he failed the concussion test. But forty minutes later after passing the concussion tests which were taken Lord’s medical room, he made 92 runs before getting out to a straight ball.
Steve Smith has been eliminated from the Second Ashes test as according to the reports he is having a bit of headache and grogginess. And it looks unlikely that he will be fit to play in Leeds test match as the number of days is less between the second and third test match.
Marnus Labuschagne will be the first concussion substitute of Steve Smith in the history of cricket. It has been approved by ICC officials and Marnus Labuschagne will be available to bat and bowl if required on the fifth day of the test match.
With Steve Smith most likely not to play the next test match Marnus will have a great opportunity to showcase his talent on the field and make his case strong for the selection in the third test match of The Ashes. He is not new to the Australian squad, he has played five test matches before that.
Cricket Australia managers revealed that it is common for players to show the concussion symptoms in the next 48 hours. And Steve Smith is showing all the symptoms gradually thus he is being closely monitored by the staff of Cricket Australia. it remains to be seen whether Steve Smith will be fit to play the third test match of The Ashes which is scheduled to start just after four days in Headingly.
Technology advancing at great speed, neck guards should be brought in for players safety purposes as other safety gears. Otherwise, someday it can be a very dreadful event for some of the players.