Australia without Smith for ODI after knock to head in nets

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Australia was without Steve Smith for the opening one-day international against England on Friday after the star batsman was hit on the head by a ball in practice.

Australia said it was a precautionary measure after the incident on Thursday, which happened when a member of the coaching staff was throwing in the nets.

Smith has passed a concussion test, Australia said, and will undergo another assessment on Saturday ahead of the second match of the series taking place on Sunday. The third match is on Wednesday.

Australia was 152-5 after 30 overs after being put into bat by England on an Old Trafford wicket that home captain Eoin Morgan described as “soft.” Australia captain Aaron Finch said he would have chosen to bat anyway.

It is the fierce rivals' first ODI meeting since last year's Cricket World Cup, won by England on home soil.



England: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Patrick Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.


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