Smith returned to bat after passing concussion tests but was withdrawn from the match on the final day, having woken up with a headache and other concussion symptoms.
Smith's unavailability opened doors for Marnus Labuschagne in the second Test as he became the first concussion substitute in Test cricket.
He announced himself in the red-ball circuit with a relentless, hostile spell of fast bowling which put even the likes of Steve Smith in all sorts of discomfort during the course of the game, reminding fans of the famous bodyline series.
After rain delayed the toss by some 30 minutes, Root chose to field in the hope his attack, featuring fast bowler Jofra Archer, could take advantage of the overcast conditions - the floodlights were on to pierce the gloom - that promised to assist his pacemen.
Justin Langer talking about the same said it is nearly impossible to fill in Smith's place as he is the best in the world.
Smith, who has scored a massive 378 runs in his three Ashes innings so far, including two centuries in the opening Test at Edgbaston, travelled with the team to the ground on Tuesday after a daily concussion check at the team hotel.
"He obviously, like all the players, wants to play, he loves batting, but he understands as well that he's not 100 per cent yet and with only a couple of days between Test matches that's what makes it so hard", Langer said.Читайте также: 2 found dead in Todd County home, suspect identified
He has, however, found a somewhat unlikely ally in former Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson, the man whose own blistering pace ripped through England in the 2013/14 Ashes series with devastating effect. "I'm expecting the very best David Warner".
"I'd say probably Khawaja, Head and Wade are all in the mix. That leads to delayed reaction times and is just incredibly unsafe".
Marnus Labuschagne impressed in the second innings at Lord's (Mike Egerton/PA).
"We know what we're up against, and we're really going to be ready for that".
It took Warner 14 balls to get off the mark as he continued to struggle, although Broad may have bowled a fraction too short with several deliveries beating the outside edge without really challenging the batsmen.
"You've got to play on skill, not emotion", Langer said.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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