September 12, 2020 12:04:44 pm
Star Australia batsman Steve Smith stays a doubtful starter for the second ODI in opposition to England on Sunday after he copped a head knock throughout coaching and can undergo a second concussion test to resolve his availability.
Smith was a late withdrawal from Friday’s first ODI, which Australia gained by 19 runs to go 1-0 up within the three-match collection, after sustaining a blow on the pinnacle within the nets from a throw-down by a training workers member on the match eve.
The 31-year-old world primary Test batsman is known to have subsequently undergone a concussion test and was omitted from the primary ODI aspect “as a precautionary measure.”
“He got a knock on the head in practice. It’s a precautionary measure to leave him out,” Australia limited-overs captain Aaron Finch had stated.
A spokesperson for the Australia crew confirmed Smith would undergo an additional evaluation on Saturday earlier than any choice is made about his availability for the second ODI on Sunday afternoon.
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He was additionally infamously felled by a Jofra Archer bouncer at Lord’s throughout final yr’s Ashes. That knock induced him to miss the second innings of that Test and the next match as nicely.
There can be doubt over left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc’s availability for the second match of the collection after having skilled some groin ache on Friday. He managed to full his 10 overs after slipping on the sphere however will likely be assessed over the subsequent 24 hours.
“He’s a little bit sore but we’ll see how he pulls up and go from there,” Josh Hazlewood stated.
Australia are in with an opportunity to declare a bilateral ODI collection win over England for the primary time since 2015 and finish the latest dominance by
Eoin Morgan’s males in 50-over cricket. England have gained 11 of their previous 14 encounters in opposition to Australia.
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