Steve Smith is hoping to clear all the tests and training he needs to, to confirm he is “100% fit” ahead of the third Ashes Test.
Smith, Australia’s best batsman in the series so far, was withdrawn from the second Test at Lord’s on the fifth and final day on Sunday, 18 August, after tests revealed he had a concussion from being hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer the previous day. There remain questions of his availability for the third Test at Headingley starting August 22, given the short break between the two matches.
Smith expects to be assessed a couple of times a day to measure his progress. “I’m hopeful I will be available for that Test match, but it’s certainly up to the medical staff and we’ll have conversations. It’s certainly an area of concern concussion and I want to be 100% fit,” Smith said.
“I’ve got to be able to train probably a couple of days out and face fast bowling to make sure my reaction time and all that kind of stuff is in place,” he said.
“I didn’t have any real pain in my neck yesterday when I touched it or when anyone else touched it. Today I do have a bit of pain there, whether that’s some swelling or what I’m not sure. Perhaps that’s leading to me having a headache and feeling a bit groggy. In regards to the arm, the arm feels pretty good today. It’s quite a good bruise I have on it but it’s feeling a lot better. The movement I have in it is far greater than I had yesterday and that feels really good,” he stated.