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Update Steve Smith passes second concussion test

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Steven Smith has passed a second concussion test on Saturday (September 12), Cricket Australia revealed, and could return to the Australia eleven for the second ODI against England in Manchester on Sunday. Smith had missed the opening ODI on Friday, with Australia skipper Aaron Finch mentioning before that game that he was rested as a precautionary measure after being struck on his head during a practice session.

Although Smith had passed one concussion test earlier, Australia decided to play it safe and leave him out for the opening game, which the visitors won by 19 runs. Marcus Stoinis batted at No. 3 in Smith's absence and came up with a promising knock of 43.

"I think it was a good decision in the end," Mitchell Marsh said after the game."There's no need to take unnecessary risks with head injuries. It probably gives our selection committee a few headaches now because the top order struck them beautifully, without getting a big score. Anytime you've got Steve Smith coming back into the team it's a great feeling."

Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc's fitness remains a cause for concern for Australia. The left-arm pacer, who had slipped on the field, appeared to be struggling with a groin issue. He managed to bowl his full 10 overs in the first ODI and although he did not pick up a wicket, he conceded only 47 runs and bowled well in the death to help Australia defend a total of 294.


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