Australian batsman Steve Smith is likely to miss the second ODI against England to be held on Sunday. However, Steve Smith and the Australian team have not issued any official statement regarding this. He was hit in the head during the practice session on Thursday. Due to this injury, he didn’t play in the first ODI of the series on Friday.
Australia captain Aaron Finch said, ‘He got a knock on the head yesterday in practice. It’s a precautionary measure to leave him out.’ He will be examined again on Saturday and a final decision will be taken after that. Smith was also injured during the Ashes series against England last year.
Smith will lead the Rajasthan team in IPL:
Smith’s injury may increase Rajasthan Royals’ troubles as he will have to lead the Rajasthan team in this season of IPL. He has captained 29 matches for different teams in the IPL. During this time, teams won 20 matches. Apart from him, the participation of fast bowler Mitchell Starc in the second ODI is also in suspense.
Smith has scored 4162 runs in 125 ODIs so far. During this time he has scored 9 centuries and 25 half-centuries.
Australia has chance to win the series after 5 years from England:
Australia has a chance to win the ODI series after 5 years. The last time Australia beat England 3–2 in a 5-ODI series held at their home in September 2015. After this, there were two one-day series between the two teams and Australia suffered defeat in both. However, with the first match won, Australia’s hopes of winning the series have increased. England has won 11 of the last 14 matches against Australia.