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Smith reveals third Test hopes

19th August 2019, 00:17 by Michael Holland

Steve Smith hopes to be passed fit to play in the third Ashes Test after missing the final day of the second Test with concussion.

The Australian batsman, who has proven to be England's Nemesis in the series so far, retired hurt after being struck on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer on Saturday.

He passed the concussion tests and returned to make 92 but woke up Sunday morning not feeling the best and the decision was taken to sit out yesterday's action.

The big question now is will he be able to play in the next Test which starts at Headingley, Leeds, on Thursday, and Smith is hopeful.

"It's certainly an area of concern, concussion, and I want to be 100% fit," the 30-year-old said. "[It is] certainly up to the medical staff and we'll have conversations."

When asked about missing out on Sunday, he added: "With the tests that I've done and how I've woken up today, I think it's the right decision.

"I'd obviously love to be out there trying to keep performing and try and help Australia win another Test match, but I think the right decision has been made.

"I'll obviously be monitored very closely over the next few days with a pretty quick turnaround in between Test matches and I'm hopeful that I can make a recovery and be OK for that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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