The Ashes 2019, second Test, day five LIVE: Smith ruled out for rest of Lord's Test as England take control

 smh.com.au  08/18/2019 12:34:18 

The Ashes 2019, second Test, day five LIVE: Smith ruled out for rest of Lord's Test as England take control

England have got through the 21.4 overs this morning without losing a wicket. Stokes (51) and Buttler (31) have done a good job and looked comfortable knocking Australia's bowlers all around the ground. Draw seeming more and more likely by the over.

England 4/157

After being dropped twice yesterday and the Aussies not reviewing an LBW that would have been out... Stokes has made his way to 50. Important innings despite having a bit of luck go his way.

England 4/151, lead by 158

Steve Smith is in major doubt for the third Ashes Test at Headingley in what would be an enormous setback for Tim Paine's team, with Australia conceding the short turnaround between matches is "not in his favour".

The Australian batsman was ruled out of the final day of the second Test at Lords on Sunday with delayed concussion as match referee Ranjan Madugalle approved the first ever concussion substitution in Test cricket, with Marnus Labuschagne the replacement for Smith.

The fact there is only a three-day break before the third Test starts in Leeds on Thursday leaves Smith in danger of having to sit out that match as well.

Under the Cricket Australia and ICC concussion and head trauma policies players do not need to sit out a mandatory period after being concussed  although they cant return on the same day - but must be cleared by a doctor to resume training and playing after further assessments. The ICC guidelines state that "usually a player will recover in about seven days but this can vary from individual to individual".

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Lyon overpitches and Buttler hits a beautiful cover drive for four. Next over he edges wide of the slips for another boundary to slowly grow that lead.

The bookies have the draw at $1.07 with England and Australia about the same price. England would need to score at a reasonable rate and entice Australia with a target to be a chance, while the visitors need to roll through the home side here as quickly as possible.

England 4/140, lead by 148

Josh Hazlewood appeals unsuccessfully for LBW on England's Ben Stokes.

Josh Hazlewood appeals unsuccessfully for LBW on England's Ben Stokes. Credit:AP

Lyon getting some good revs on the ball and looking threatening, while Hazlewood is getting excellent carry through to Paine and bending his back.

Australi's chances of pushing for victory slowly slipping away.

England 4/121, lead by 129 runs

As everyone comes to grips with the news about Steve Smith and what it means for the series moving forward, there's still a game going on.

Australia burn a DRS review on Stokes. Looked like it was pitching outside leg anyway ... and it was. There was an inside edge as well. Not their best, perhaps a little desperate after not reviewing two yesyerday that would have been overturned.

England 4/113, lead by 121

Marnus Labuschagne becomes the first player in Test history to come into a match as a concussion replacement. That'll be a good trivia question in the years to come.

It means he will be able to bat anywhere in the Australian order, should he get a chance later this afternoon.

Australia toiling hard but England looking good this morning.England 4/107, lead by 115

Marnus Labuschagne batting during Australia's recent tour match in Southampton.

Marnus Labuschagne batting during Australia's recent tour match in Southampton. Credit:PA Wire

By Chris Barrett

Here is a statement from Cricket Australia...

"Steve has been closely monitored by medical staff overnight and this morning reported that after sleeping well, he woke with a bit of a headache and a feeling of grogginess. Steve reported that his left arm which was also struck during his innings yesterday was much better.

"As part of the Cricket Australia concussion protocol, repeat concussion testing of Steve Smith was also performed this morning and demonstrated some deterioration from his testing which is consistent with the emergence of the symptoms he was reporting.

"On that basis Steve has been withdrawn from the match by team doctor Richard Saw and the Australia team will lodge an application for a concussion substitute with the ICC match referee in line with the ICC protocol.

"Cricket Australia statistics show that 30 per cent of concussions in Australian cricket are delayed. It is not uncommon for players to pass their tests and feel well on the day of an injury and then display symptoms 24 - 48 hours later.

"In terms of Steves availability for the third Test, this will be considered over the coming days but the short turnaround to the next Test is not in his favour. Steves fitness will be assessed on an ongoing basis. Steve will undergo a precautionary scan on his neck on Sunday.

"Despite the unfortunate nature of what has happened, the positive is that the concussion protocol, including the availability of the concussion substitute, which has been recently brought in has served its purpose. A player is no longer under pressure to take the field when he or she displays symptoms of concussion and a side is not disadvantaged having lost a player to a blow to the head or neck".

Stokes chases at a wide loosener from Cummins. Sign of intent?

Marnus Labuschagne is out on the field for Steve Smith. Waiting to hear whether Smith will take part today. If he doesn't, will there be a concussion substitute?England 4/96, lead by 104

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