LEEDS – Australia will need a collective effort by their batsmen to fill the void left by the in-form Steve Smith, who will miss the third Ashes Test against England, skipper Tim Paine said on Wednesday.
Smith was ruled out of the encounter at Headingley, starting on Thursday, due to the effects of a concussion after being hit on the head by a bouncer from England fast bowler Jofra Archer in the first innings of the drawn second Test at Lord’s.
The former skipper, who smashed 92 at Lord’s, has been in superb form making 144 and 142 in the opening Test at Edgbaston to help Australia seal a 251-run victory for a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Asked how Australia planned to replace Smith in the third Test, Paine told reporters: “We do it as a team.”
Concussion substitute Marnus Labuschagne filled in for Smith in the second innings and made a gritty 59.