Ashes 2019: Australia captain Tim Paine expecting ‘same old Smith’

Ashes 2019: Australia captain Tim Paine expecting ‘same old Smith’

It has not been confirmed who will replace Smith in the Australia team for the Headingley Test, which starts on Thursday (August 22).

"We've seen Jason Roy play awesome innings in one-day cricket, we've seen David Warner do the same thing in the early days of his career, and sometimes it takes a little bit of time to get used to Test cricket and the differences in that", he said.

"It was really a no-brainer".

Australia's best batsman was felled by a sickening bouncer in the Second Test at Lord's.

"It's not unlike England losing James Anderson, actually", he said.

"It is always a blow".

"But we've got to play to our strengths and be quite flexible over the course of the series".

Roy was not the only player to be hit on the helmet on Tuesday as both sides build their readiness against the short ball, with Marnus Labuschagne - Smith's replacement in the last match - struck by teammate Mitchell Marsh. "We actually have a pretty good understanding of that now".

Smith sat out training at the Leeds ground today, and was seen receiving consolatory pats and arms around the shoulder from teammates and coach Justin Langer.

Smith, whose Test average of 63.24 is exceeded only by all-time great Donald Bradman, marked his return to Test duty after a 12-month ball-tampering ban with innings of 144 and 142 in Australia's 251-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston before making 92 at Lord's.

Marnus Labuschagne came in for Smith and scored 59 in the second innings to help secure a draw, but Australia captain Tim Paine believes others will have to step up this week.

The regulations allow players who have suffered head or neck injuries to be replaced fully by a substitute, who was previously restricted to fielding alone.

Smith was forced to retire hurt while unbeaten on 80 in Australia's first innings on day four, but later returned to the crease having been cleared by medical staff.

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