Steve Smith missed out on the ODI series against England after taking a knock on his head ahead of the opener. After Australia clinched the three-match series 2-1, the players of both the countries were flown to UAE for the IPL 2020. However, Cricket Australia will keep a close on Steve Smith and make sure he maintains the protocols after taking a head impact.
The board’s head of sports science Alex Kountouris said that they will maintain strict protocol due to the impact sustained by Smith and are by no means looking to compromise it. He also said that the approach is maintained to ensure the welfare for the player and the board had did exactly the same thing during the Ashes last summer.
“Cricket Australia has strict protocols when it comes to head impacts and concussions and, as we’ve seen over the last 12 months, we’re not willing to compromise on those,” CA’s head of sports science Alex Kountouris said.
“The conservative management of Steve through this injury is consistent with our approach to put the player’s welfare first, as we did with him during the Ashes last year. We place the welfare of the player before the game because we strongly believe that is what’s best for the player.”
Incidentally, last summer when Australia visited England for the Ashes, Smith took a knock on his head off a Jofra Archer bouncer which introduced Marnus Labuschagne as a concussion substitute.
Smith has been extremely important member of the Australian squad. He adds further more ammunition to the team’s tally across formats and is among the top four batsmen currently in international cricket.
Smith started his career as a leg-spinner. He started batting in a more advanced position in 2010-11. He took up the sixth position as a batsman in the Ashes and produced solid performances.
In 2013-14, he found his breakthrough. After being included in the series against India in place of four dropped players, he displayed solid performances and continued to grow as a batsman.