It was confirmed on Tuesday that Australia’s leading batsman, Steve Smith, will not play in the third Ashes Test match at Headingley today after suffering a concussion.
The third Ashes test match commences at Headingley Stadium today but one key player will be missing. It was day four of the second Test match at Lord’s when Steve Smith experienced the major blow at the hands of supreme fast bowler, Jofra Archer. Smith initially resumed his innings on the fifth day but was soon replaced by Marnus Labuschagne. Initially, Smith was confident that he would be fit enough to return to the game but was advised by medical staff to sit out the third Test match.
The question is, how will The Baggy Greens fair against England without Smith up their sleeve? Smith has been the leading run-scorer this series, scoring 144 and 142 at Edgbaston and 92 at Lord’s when he initially resumed innings after being hit. Australia captain Tim Paine stated that they will need to deal with Smith’s absence as a team and not rely on his replacement, Marnus Labuschagne. Clearly a monumental force for Australia, it will be interesting to see what the results look like today without Smithy thrown into the mix.
However, as the saying goes, one man’s misery is another man’s fortune. England captain Joe Root stated that the team need to ‘capitalise on the opportunity’ of Smith’s absence. With their key opponent no longer in the running, there could be a real chance for England to take the victory and give them the boost they need. That being said, Root was also eager to say that the squad all wished Smith a speedy recovery!
Watch this space to see how the first match at Headingley plays out!
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