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  Sports   15 Sep 2020  ‘Fingers crossed’: Langer on Steve Smith’s return for 3rd ODI

‘Fingers crossed’: Langer on Steve Smith’s return for 3rd ODI

ROZANA SPOKESMAN
Published Sep 15, 2020, 5:16 pm IST
Updated Sep 15, 2020, 5:16 pm IST
Steve Smith will bat in the nets on Tuesday and is "definitely tracking in the right direction" to play in the deciding one-day cricket
Steve Smith and Justin Langer
 Steve Smith and Justin Langer

Manchester: Steve Smith will bat in the nets on Tuesday and is "definitely tracking in the right direction" to play in the deciding one-day cricket international against England, Australia coach Justin Langer said.

Steve Smith missed the first two matches of the ODI series after getting hit on the head from a throwdown by a member of the coaching staff in practice.

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Smith was back running on Monday and has "ticked every box" so far in his recovery, Langer said.

Provided he gets through an eve-of-match net session, Smith seems primed to return for the Australians at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

"Fingers crossed," Langer said. "We have been going through all the concussion protocols and he is definitely tracking in the direction. Hopefully he will be alright for tomorrow.

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"If he doesn't come up again, we will keep his like all of our players' health in mind."

The series is tied at 1-1. It is Australia's last match on its limited-overs tour of England.

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