Aussies boosted as Smith returns to the nets
Steve Smith has stepped up his bid to recover from concussion for the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford by returning to the nets.
The 30-year-old Australian batsman was forced to miss the third Test against England at Headingley having been hit in the neck by a rapid Jofra Archer bouncer in last week's drawn second Test at Lord's.
Smith, who scored a century in each innings as the Aussies won the first Test at Edgbaston by 251 runs, is looking to return when the fourth Test gets underway from September 4.
And, he faced 15 minutes of throwdowns from the Australian coaching staff in a 15-minute spell in the nets in Leeds while being assessed by the team doctor Richard Shaw.
Smith is set to play some part in a tour match against Derbyshire on Thursday in a bid to prove his fitness to reclaim his place in the side in Manchester.
However, the former skipper could face a fight for a recall after his replacement Marnus Labuschagne once again impressed at Headingley, scoring his third successive half-century.
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