By Brian Bariyo
Steve Smith will miss the third Ashes Test against England after suffering a concussion at Lord’s.
Smith was forced to retire hurt on day four of the second Test after being hit on the neck by a delivery from jofra Archer.
The 30-year-old was later allowed to resume his first innings but did not bat in the second innings, with Marnus Labuschagne taking his place as a concussion substitute – the first in Test cricket.
Australia head Coach Justin Langer confirmed Smith will miss the third Test, which begins on Thursday, after taking no part in training at Headingly on Tuesday.
Archer said it is ‘never a nice sight’ to see a batsman injured after being hit, following his nasty blow on Smith’s neck at Lord’s
Australia have not confirmed who will replace Smith in the squad, although Labuschagne is expected to take his place after scoring 59 in the second Test, which ended in a draw.