Australia have confirmed that batsman Steve Smith will not play in the third Ashes Test after suffering a concussion at Lord’s.

The former skipper, who has been Australia’s standout performer with scores of 144, 142 and 92 in his three innings to date, was hit on the neck by a bouncer from England’s Jofra Archer during Saturday’s play.

It was the first time a player in international cricket was substituted under the new concussion rules.

Initially, Smith passed a concussion test and was allowed to return to the field and complete his innings, but his condition worsened the following day.

And after passing the initial batch of medical tests Smith was later diagnosed with a mild concussion and was ruled out of the remainder of the match.

Smith declared his intention to play at Headingley provided he was passed fit by medics but given most guidelines on return-to-play protocols that always seemed unlikely.

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