Star Australia cricketer Steve Smith will have to pass the second concussion test in three days to be available for the selection for 2nd ODI against England. Incidentally, Smith also missed the first match of the series owing to a head injury.
Meanwhile, the batting prodigy copped up a blow on the eve of the game. He got hit on his head while taking throwdown in the nets. Smith has cleared the concussion test conducted on Thursday. However, Aaron Finch said they left out the star attraction as a precautionary measure.
Smith to undergo concussion test ahead of 2nd ODI
“He got a knock on the head yesterday in practice. It’s a precautionary measure to leave him out,” Finch said during the toss of the first ODI.
For Steve Smith to be cleared to play on Sunday, he will need to pass another test, to be held one day before the game. The former Aussie skipper didn’t have the best of the T20 series where Australia went down 2-1 and was looking forward to the one-dayers.
Meanwhile, Australia promoted all-rounder Marcus Stoinis at No.3 in the absence of Steve Smith. He did a decent job with the bat chipping in with 43 runs from 34 deliveries. The visitors were in a spot of bother after losing a couple of wickets early on the but the middle-order contributed heavily to post a decent total.
Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell shared a 100+ partnership prompting Australia to post 294 runs on the board. Marsh chipped in with 73 runs while Maxwell contributed much-needed 77 runs to boost up Australia’s confidence.
At the time of writing this report, the visiting team looks well in line to go 1-0 up in the series. England have lost six wickets with 100 runs needed from 58 deliveries. The last recognised pair of Sam Billings and Chris Woakes is at the crease.