Steve Smith has been ruled out of the ongoing second Test match of Ashes 2019 against England at Lord's as he has suffered a concussion after he received an awkward blow on the back of his net by Jofra Archer on Saturday. Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Marnus Labuschagne will be his concussion replacement.
This news was officially confirmed by the governing body of world cricket International Cricket Council (ICC) on their official Twitter handle.
As per ICC's new rule which was approved last month, this will be the first instance where a concussion replacement will be used by a team in the game's longest format.
Steve Smith was all set for a big score as he was going really well. However, on the individual score of 80, he was forced to retire hurt after a lethal bouncer from his Rajasthan Royals team-mate Jofra Archer in the 71st over. The English players rushed towards him as soon as he went down after being hit on the top of the neck by Archer's 92.4mph delivery. The ex-captain was on his feet after receiving medical treatment but decided to leave the field for further assessment.
The Aussie batsman showed great bravery and determination after being struck on the elbow by the Barbadian pacer earlier. Nonetheless, the number three batsman came out to bat and could add only 12 more runs before he was trapped in front of the wicket by Chris Woakes and was dismissed for 92. Had he scored a century, then it could have been three consecutive tons. The 30-year-old had scored big hundreds in both innings of the first Test where the Aussies registered a mammoth 251-run win.
After this news broke out, Smith's fans came out to wish the champion batsman a speedy recovery.
Here are some of the tweets: