Steve Smith in good spirits, feeling much better: Travis Head ahead of 3rd Ashes Test

first_imgAustralia received some good news on Tuesday as batting mainstay Steve Smith is recovering quite well from the concussion that he suffered during the second Test and looks likely to play the third Test match at Leeds starting August 22.Smith was ruled out of the final day’s play in the second Test at Lord’s due to a delayed concussion after suffering a nasty blow on the back of his neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer on Day 4 of the Test match, which ended in a draw on Sunday.Smith left the field but came back after being cleared of a concussion minutes later and was eventually dismissed for 92 in Australia’s first innings. He complained of headaches later on Saturday and was ruled out of the remainder of the match on Sunday after displaying concussion symptoms.Marnus Labuschagne replaced Smith, becoming the first concussion substitute in international cricket, and scored 59 in an important innings that helped Australia draw the match at Lord’s and retain a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.But the former Australia captain is feeling much better now, his teammate and vice-captain Travis Head revealed on Tuesday.”I saw him this morning and he said he was feeling much better so that is a positive. But again, I think the doc (team doctor Richard Saw) has been doing a fantastic job so far on tour with everyone. (Saw) has had a busy week and I know he was looking after (Smith) pretty well, he is in good hands.advertisement”Hopefully, in the next couple of days he is able to rest up and comes good and it is just that process he has to go through. But he seemed in good spirits today on the bus, he is playing cards again and is himself. It was good to see,” Head said after the visitors reached Leeds from London.”He seemed in good spirits today on the bus, he is playing cards again and is himself. It was good to see.” – the latest on @stevesmith49ahead of the third #Ashes Test | @samuelfez (@cricketcomau) August 20, 2019Smith has been the backbone of Australia’s batting in the two Tests so far and is the highest run-scorer from either side with 378 runs in 3 innings at an average of 126. He registered scores of 144 and 142 in Australia’s 251-run victory in the first Test while in the second match he missed his 26th Test hundred by 8 runs as the visitors managed to hold on to a draw.”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,” Smith quoted as saying by BBC Sport on Sunday.Also Read | Jofra Archer an exciting talent but England have to manage his workload: Shoaib AkhtarAlso Read | Watching Jofra Archer bowl more frightening than facing him: Marnus Labuschagne Also Read | James Anderson left out as England name unchanged squad for 3rd Ashes TestAlso Read | I want to be 100 percent fit: Steve Smith on availability for 3rd Ashes Testlast_img

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