Steve Smith has been ruled out for the remainder of the T20 series against Sri Lanka after suffering a nasty concussion at the SCG on Sunday night.
Smith dived over the boundary in an attempt to save a six in the final over of Sri Lanka’s innings in the second T20, but landed heavily on his head.
The former Aussie captain managed to catch the ball and flick it back into the field of play, however, his foot touched the boundary rope before he jumped – making it a six.
To make matters worse for Smith he was left writhing in pain on the ground after appearing to land directly on his temple.
Captain Pat Cummins and teammate Glenn Maxwell immediately rushed to Smith’s aid before medical staff came to see him.
“Smith’s in all sorts of trouble. Steve Smith has come down really, really hard here,” Fox Cricket commentator Mark Howard said on air.
Smith managed to return to his feet a short time later, but had to be taken from the field.
Cricket Australia said they would not look to bring a replacement into the squad, with the Aussies hoping to add to their 2-0 lead when they play in Canberra on Tuesday.
“It all happened pretty quickly and whenever someone dives and doesn’t get up it’s a concern.
“It’s good to see him walking around now and he’s walking around the changing room now.
“The early signs are good and I guess the medicos will make their call and assess him later,” Josh Hazlewood said.
Cricket Australia are expected to take every precaution with Smith, who suffered a concussion after being hit by a bouncer during the 2019 Ashes series in England.
Watch Steve Smith hit his head on the ground hard:
Steve Smith putting his body on the line! 💪
The Australian manages to walk away after a hard knock on the head while fielding.
He's just disappointed the six was awarded! 😅#AUSvSL pic.twitter.com/3PQihB5yNn
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