RR in trouble as Smith doubtful for IPL
Steven Smith was still experiencing concussion symptoms as he was ruled out of all three ODIs against England, and will need to recover fully before returning to action in the IPL for the Rajasthan Royals, whom he also captains. Smith is supposed to land in the UAE on Thursday evening, with Royals playing their first match on September 22.
ESPNcricinfo understands that the franchise remains confident Smith will be available for that game, against Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah.
A “dog thrower” short ball from the Australian team assistant coach Trent Woodhill had struck Smith on the side of the helmet in training ahead of the first ODI at Old Trafford, and though he passed initial tests, Smith showed signs of a later onset concussion in the subsequent days.
This was consistent with Smith’s experience during last year’s Ashes series, when he was hit on the side of the head below the helmet by Jofra Archer at Lord’s and was initially cleared to return to the middle to complete his innings. But when he felt poorly the following day, Smith was ruled out of the Test and substituted on day five by Marnus Labuschagne before also missing the Headingley Test three days later. It was not until the fourth game at Old Trafford that Smith was fit to resume.