Steve Smith ruled out of third Ashes Test: Cricket Australia

Steve Smith ruled out of third Ashes Test: Cricket Australia

There was a slim chance he would be fit enough for the third Test and did appear at Australia's training session on Tuesday though did not take part.

Mark Wallace, relatively new into his role as director of cricket at the Welsh county, followed up on a tip-off from an old club colleague Down Under to fill the void, taking a "bit of a punt" on Labuschagne, a player with an unspectacular first-class record but a hunger to improve. "What we're not going to do is get caught up an an emotional battle of who's going to bowl the quickest bouncers", he said.

"We're here to win the Test match, not see how many helmets we can hit".

Cricket may need to consider this, while making it abundantly clear that players should have absolutely no say in the decision'.


"You take your best players out and it always has an impact, so we've got to make sure our other guys step up and fill nearly unfillable shoes, because he's the best player in the world". That's the truth. We know what our plans are to beat England and we will stick to them'. "Some bowlers you get a tell when they're going to bowl a bouncer or a different ball".

"I'm sure the bouncer will still be part of every bowler's armoury, if it helps us get batsmen out then we'll use it. But it's not an ego game - you've got to just keep trusting your skill, keep watching the ball like a hawk".

Langer said Australia, who lead the five-match series 1-0, would not alter their strategy in response.

The star batsman will miss the third Ashes Test after not recovering in time after being hit by Jofra Archer during the second Test at Lord's. I'd rather have him on my team than have to face him. Not one of the nicest things to see on a cricket field, seeing someone go straight down like that was a pretty scary couple of minutes for everyone out there but it was great seeing him get back up. We tend to play on bouncy wickets. That's the challenge of mental toughness, that's the challenge of concentration, that's the challenge of what the champion players do over the good players.


"I've been speaking to him since he has been away with Australia and he's still in contact, still wishing us good luck".

"So, I think it'll become mandatory, it is becoming mandatory next year with CA, so I may as well get used to it now and then start putting them on".

He was England's leading bowler at the recent ICC World Cup with 20 wickets and also bowled an outstanding Super Over as the hosts won a dramatic final at Lord's.

"His performance on the pitch during his return to Test Match cricket in the United Kingdom demands nothing other than respect", he added.


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