Steve Smith has been ruled out of the Lord’s Test due to concussion and being replaced by substitute Marnus Labuschagne, According to the new ICC rule, If any cricketer gets hit on the head or neck and he feel uncomfortable to play further than the team has right to substitute him with other player in the squad considering the injured player’s role in the team.
Labuschagne was the first like for like concussion substitution in cricket, He comes out to bat at no.4 on the last day of the lord’s test in place of Smith and he looked impressive with his 59 runs, which helped Australia to draw the match against England.
Earlier, on the 4th day of Test match Steve Smith was hit in the neck by brutal Jofra Archer bouncer which forced him to get retired hurt, but he came out to bat after passing several concussion tests in the 1st innings. Meanwhile, when he woke in the next morning he feels “bit of a headache and a feeling of grogginess”.
Smith said, “I started to feel a bit of headache coming on last night, probably as the adrenaline got out of my system. I was able to get a good sleep in, which is somewhat rare for me. But woke up feeling a little bit groggy and with a headache again , so had some tests done and upon some further assessments deemed to be a mild concussion unfortunately and have been ruled out for of this Test match.”
Steve Smith has been in prime form since his comeback from 1 year ban, so far in 3 Test innings, Smith struck two centuries and one half century. He is doubtful for the 3rd Test Match in Leeds.