Will Steve Smith play the series decider against England?

Sports Report

Manchester: Star Australia batsman is likely to play the final ODI against England at Old Trafford as head coach Justin Langer insisted Aussies would not deviate from picking their strongest team.

Langer revealed that Smith suffered a blow on a helmet while ducking into a bouncer that kept low on a worn pitch in the Old Trafford nets while facing throw-downs from a coach nearing the end of a long batting session last week

The former captain passed multiple concussion tests but has been held back from the first two ODIs as a precaution.

“Fingers crossed, we’ve been going through all the concussion protocols. He’s definitely tracking in the right direction so we’re hopeful he’ll be right for tomorrow,” Langer said.

“But if he doesn’t come up again, we’ll keep his, like all of our players, health in mind,” he added.

Coach hailed the facilities but due to so much of cricket being played here, the worn pitch was the reason of hitting the ball.

“The facilities over here are brilliant but they are a bit worn because of so much traffic through them over the last few months. So one ball just didn’t quite get up and he ducked into it and it hit him on the side of the helmet. It was unfortunate, these things happen,” he maintained.

It must be noted that Australia was on the driving seat to win the second ODI and the series but the visitors suffered a dramatic collapse. The series is 1-1 with the final ODI to be played tomorrow.