Losing Steve Smith for third Ashes Test massive blow: Glenn McGrath

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Smith, whose two centuries in the first Test were pivotal in Australia taking a 1-0 lead, returned to bat on Saturday despite the blow to the side of the head that felled him.

Cricket Australia on Tuesday confirmed that he has been ruled out of the Headingley Test, reports ESPNcricinfo.

It was the first time a player in global cricket was substituted under the new concussion rules.

Smith and team-mates David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have been roundly heckled during the current Ashes series for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa past year, for which Smith and Warner received 12-month bans and Bancroft a nine-month suspension.

Australia's Steve Smith (left) with Australia Team Doctor Richard Saw during the nets session at Headingley, Leeds.

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"It was really a no-brainer".

Jason Roy looks set to continue to opener for one more Test and judging by his aggressive approach in the nets two days out from a match England can not afford to lose, the right-hander is not going to die wondering.

"Wadey got a hundred at Edgbaston, so I think we have got guys who are in form. we have got the batting in the sheds that can do the job". "He obviously, like all the players, wants to play, he loves batting but he understands as well that he's not 100% yet and with only a couple of days between Test matches, that's what makes it so hard". The former's mid-game promotion owed much to bowling only eight overs in Australia's innings too, with Jofra Archer's incredible stamina allowed him to send down 29. Smith was then sent to the hospital for a concussion Test at the end of the day's play and did not take the field on the final two days of the Lord's Test.

Head, who like Smith had previously tried batting with a StemGuard but found them uncomfortable and restrictive, changed his tune and donned one during his match-saving unbeaten knock on day five of the second Ashes Test.

"As you've seen with Steve getting hit, you can get yourself into tricky positions. there was a lot of balls following batters".

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