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Cricket Australia defend medical team over 'potentially fatal' handling of Steve Smith concussion

Cricket Australia has sparked a concussion row after defending the team doctors decision to allow Steve Smith to resume his innings after he was struck on the neck. The batsman was swiftly placed in the recovery position by England fielder Jos Buttler, but team doctor Richard Saw ruled Smith was in a fit state to continue after conducting concussion tests.

 The 30-year-old suffered headaches after play ended on day four and was withdrawn on Sunday after undergoing further examination.  

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Former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente close to joining... Share this article Share Alex Kountouris, Cricket Australias manager of sports medicine, told a news conference in Australia on Monday he was 100% satisfied with Saws treatment of Smith in London on the weekend, and he urged against any over-reaction to the sports new concussion guidelines.

Smith had to leave the field after being hit on the neck near the rear base of his batting helmet by a fast, sharply rising delivery from Jofra Archer on Saturday. Saw conducted tests before allowing Smith to return at the fall of the subsequent wicket, and the ex-test captain was eventually dismissed for 92.

Smith complained of headaches later Saturday and was ruled out of the remainder of the match on Sunday after displaying concussion symptoms.🗣 About 30% of concussions are delayed.🗣 If we pulled every player out who had a head impact, wed be pulling out 80% of players who dont have a concussion.CAs Sports Science & Sports Medicine Manager on Steve Smiths concussion #Ashes pic.

twitter.com/10gRB7Rdww— #7Cricket (@7Cricket) August 19, 2019 Marnus Labuschagne replaced Smith, becoming the first concussion substitute in international cricket, and scored 59 in an important innings that helped Australia draw the match at Lords and retain a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.The reality is only about one in five or six head impacts end up in concussion, said Kountouris, who added that Cricket Australias research showed delayed concussion accounted for up to 30 per cent of those cases.

 If we pulled out every player who had a head impact, wed be pulling out 80 per cent of players who dont have a concussion and taking them out of the game. So that would be an overreaction.

Australias star batsman was unable to avoid Jofra Archers brutal delivery at LordsKountouris said three other batters were hit in the head, but only Smith had a concussion.

.He didnt have a concussion at the time (Saturday), he said. If we took him out of the game, we would.....

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