Throughout a fiery spell which featured a supply clocked at 96mph, Archer and Smith went toe-to-toe like a few heavyweight boxers in a contest that had viewers gripped.
Scans later confirmed no fracture to Smith’s arm however the 92mph bouncer that cannoned into the Australian’s neck turned out to have had a extra lasting impact.
Again within the altering room, Smith was initially put by way of routine exams by Australian crew physician Richard Noticed, and the batsman returned to the sport on Saturday earlier than finally being dismissed for 92.
Nevertheless, following the shut of play on Saturday, Smith complained of complications and was subsequently dominated out of the rest of the match on Sunday — Marnus Labuschagne changing into the primary concussion substitute in a Check.
The third Check begins on Thursday in Leeds, however the 30-year-old Australian will not be speeding his return.
“I will be assessed over the subsequent 5 or 6 days, every day a few instances, to see how I am feeling and the way I am progressing.
“I am hopeful I will be out there for that Check match, but it surely’s definitely as much as the medical workers and we’ll have conversations.
“It is definitely an space of concern, concussion, and I need to be 100% match. I’ve obtained to have the ability to prepare a few days out after which face quick bowling to verify my response time is in place.”
A darkish reminder
The sight of an Australian batsmen mendacity inclined on the bottom having been struck by a cricket ball introduced again some troubling recollections for Australian cricket.
Following Hughes’ tragic loss of life, adjustments have been made to additional defend batsmen, with stem guards designed and made non-obligatory for gamers to put on on their helmets.
After initially not feeling snug taking part in with the guards on his helmet, Smith believes he might need to rethink his stance on them following this latest episode.
“I feel I, together with a number of different gamers within the crew, discover it a bit of bit totally different, uncomfortable in comparison with what we’re used to,” he stated.
“I really feel a bit of bit claustrophobic when it is on. I really feel like I am enclosed and never overly snug.
“It is definitely one thing I must in all probability take a look at and maybe strive within the nets and see if I can discover a strategy to get snug with it.”
The right determination
Within the second Check at Lord’s, three gamers have been hit on the top and Smith was the one participant to undergo a concussion.
“If we pulled out each participant who had a head influence, we would be pulling out 80% of gamers who do not have a concussion and taking them out of the sport. So that might be an overreaction.
“In the event you take a look at that recreation, there have been three different head impacts and solely Steve had a concussion.
“He did not have a concussion on the time (he was hit) so he was allowed to play. If we took him out of the sport, we might have been leaving him out of the sport for no cause apart from what we noticed on the sector.”
Kountouris additionally stated he was “100%” glad by Dr. Noticed’s remedy of Smith.
“On the finish of the day, our physician pulled him out of day 5 of the Check match, which was a reasonably essential a part of the sport,” he stated.
“Our physician is an knowledgeable in his discipline, he is skilled to select up even the minor indicators of concussion.
“(He) was sensible. All the pieces he did was in line with the protocol, he was very thorough, and we all know he is very thorough. We’re 100% proud of what occurred over there.”
Australian lead the collection 1-Zero.