Former Australia captain Steve Smith is all set to return in the circuit with the tour match against Derbyshire after he was seen batting at the nets for the first time after being concussed.
Smith has been ruled out for the fourth Test at Headingley as he has been recovering from the concussion. He was injured by a deadly bouncer of Jofra Archer in the first innings of the second Test. The short ball hit the uncovered area of his neck and he was retired hurt at 80. However, he returned to bat after sometimes and scored 92 before getting dismissed by Chris Woakes. His delayed headaches and dizziness left him out of the second innings as well.
However, his replacement, Marnus Labuschagne, has been performing well. He scored three consecutive fifties. Even he also got hit by Archer for the second time this series and had an on-field concussion test.
However, Steve Smith is looking forward to returning in the playing XI. Australia’s medical team on Saturday allowed him for a 15-minute session. He will play in the three-day tour match against Derbyshire which is scheduled to begin on Thursday. Even he is expected to return in the squad for the fourth Test at Old Trafford from 4 September.
Australia have already won the first Test in the five-match Ashes Test series. Steve Smith scored twin centuries in two innings and helped Australia to win the Test by a massive 251-runs at Edgbaston. Although it was a return game for David Warner and Cameron Bancroft as well, they failed to contribute much. They had returned after completing a year-long ban from International Cricket due to the ball-tampering scandal.
Although England have been giving a tough fight to Australia as they need 121 runs to equal the series by 1-1.