Star Australia batsman Steve Smith stays a uncertain starter for the second ODI in opposition to England on Sunday after he copped a knock to his head throughout coaching and can bear a second concussion check to determine his availability.
Smith was a late withdrawal from Friday’s first ODI – which Australia gained by 19 runs to go 1-Zero up within the three-match series- after sustaining a blow on the top within the nets from a throw-down by a training workers member on the match eve.
Smith, the World’s primary Take a look at batsman is known to have subsequently undergone a concussion check and was omitted from the primary ODI aspect “as a precautionary measure.”
“He obtained a knock on the top in observe. It’s a precautionary measure to go away him out,” Australia limited-overs captain Aaron Finch had mentioned.
A spokesperson for the Australia crew confirmed Smith would bear an additional evaluation on Saturday earlier than any choice is made about his availability for the second ODI on Sunday afternoon. He was additionally infamously felled by a Jofra Archer bouncer at Lord’s throughout final 12 months’s Ashes. That knock induced him to overlook the second innings of that Take a look at and the next match as effectively.
There may be additionally doubt over left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc’s availability for the second match of the sequence after having skilled some groin ache on Friday. He managed to finish his 10 overs after slipping on the sphere however can be assessed over the subsequent 24 hours. “He’s a little bit bit sore however we’ll see how he pulls up and go from there,” Josh Hazlewood mentioned.
Australia are in with an opportunity to say a bilateral ODI sequence 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.