Smith ruled out of final day’s play after experiencing delayed concussion symptoms


After getting brutally hit on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer, the atmosphere around the ground turned tense.

"There is a bit of stuff going around in social media about Buttler and Archer laughing and smiling, but you don't know what they were laughing at, and for me they weren't laughing at Steve Smith", he added.

"I've never seen Smith get out of his own accord until yesterday, so I was just trying to rattle him", he told Sky Sports.

Johnson agreed that England's tactics were fair and appropriate, given the skill that Smith has displayed in the series to date.

Smith wanted to bat on despite barely being able to stand, but medical staff made the final call he would retire hurt on 80*. But Smith was good enough to walk off and resumed his innings as soon as the next wicket fell.

"I lost a bit of love for it at one point, particularly when I had my elbow operation and it was really freakish that it was the day I got my brace off my elbow that I found love for it again".

"I don't think it'll be a series-defining spell", Ponting told Smithy got through it without losing his wicket.

"I was trying to get him out, I had a short leg and a leg slip and he was trying to work the ball off his hip, so if one bounces a bit more it should go to short leg, or one of the guys waiting".

But Barbados-born Archer, coached at Sussex by former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie, returned fine figures of 2-59 in 29 overs where his speed rarely dropped below the 90 miles per hour mark.

"Steve Smith will be taking no part of this Test".

"He won't have any fear because it's just what you do every day. But certainly nothing changes in your mindset".

Aussie coach Justin Langer said that the blow to Smith reminded him of the tragic death. But for me, he's taken a heavy knock - two heavy knocks - but he's said "I can still bat here". "But I also understand as a player that your helmet is such an individual piece of equipment".

More encouragingly, Smith appears ready to try wearing a protective stem guard again - the extra layer of neck protection introduced following the Hughes tragedy but shunned by some players as being uncomfortable.



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