Australia head coach Justin Langer has hoped that veteran batsman Steve Smith will return to the playing eleven in the third and deciding ODI against England on Wednesday. The three-match series being played between Australia and England is currently 1–1. Australia lost the second ODI by 24 runs to England as the Kangaroos lost their four wickets within three runs.
As reported by Cricket.com, a staff member had a throw to Smith’s head during practice on the net before the first ODI match. Smith was later tested for concussion, which prevented him from playing the first two matches.
Langer said during a conversation with reporters that Smith could be part of the team’s playing eleven in the third and deciding ODI. He said Smith would return to the net for practice before the match.
Langer said, “We are following all the protocols of concussion. He is moving in the right direction and we hope he plays tomorrow.”
“But if he does not play again, we will keep him like all our players,” he said.
Smith also had Joffra Archer’s bouncer on the Lodgers during the Ashes Test last year and did not play in the second innings and the next match.
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