Australia’s Steve Smith benched for Ashes Test after a concussion


Australia’s Steve Smith is out of the Ashes due to a concussion suffered in the second Ashes Test. (AFP pix)

LONDON: Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test beginning on Thursday after suffering a concussion, Cricket Australia announced Tuesday.

The 30-year-old has scored two centuries and 92 in his three innings in the first two Tests was felled by a Jofra Archer bouncer on Saturday in the first innings of the second Test at Lord’s.

“Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test at Headingley, with coach Justin Langer confirming the news after the batsman sat out Australia’s training session on Tuesday,” Cricket Australia announced on their website.

The team doctor Richard Saw had the final say on whether Smith will be fielded or not and he was seen speaking with him during team training on Tuesday. According to the website vice-captain Pat Cummins patted Smith on the shoulder and coach Justin Langer wrapped his arm around the former captain as the rest of the squad trained without him.

Smith, whose two centuries in the first Test were pivotal in Australia taking a 1-0 lead, returned to bat on Saturday despite the blow to the side of the head that felled him. He added 12 runs before being out.