Steve Smith – The former Australian captain has been ruled out of the third test match at Leeds against England for the Ashes 2019 following his neck injury which he sustained while batting in the Lord’s second test match.
During the second test match, Steve Smith was hurt on his neck by the devastating bouncer from Jofra Archer in the Second Test Match. He failed the concussion tests and he went back to pavilion for further tests procedures. Although he came back to pitch for batting in first innings and gone onto score 92 runs before he got out comically.
During the process, the next day he was ruled out of the whole test match and Marnus Labuschagnge became the first concussion substitute and he was allowed to bat and bowl. Although it didn’t have much impact on the result of the game as the match ended in a draw and Australian’s survived some nervy moments in the last day.
Smith’s injury is a major setback for the visitors as he has been in top-notch form in the two test matches and highest scorer of the series till date with 378 runs to his name. He has scored two centuries and 92 runs in the three innings.
However, Cricket Australia just confirmed through their Twitter handle that Steve Smith will not be fit to play for the third test match at Leeds, Headingly.
JUST IN: Confirmation that Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Test. More to come… #Ashes
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 20, 2019
Third Test Match for the Ashes 2019 is going to start from 22nd August in Headingly, Leeds. Series is poised at 1-0 with Australia leading the series. With Jofra Archer fit and available England will come back harder at the Aussies and try to win the third Test match of the series and level the series at 1-1. Smith’s unavailability is an advantage for England to come back in the Series.