Steve Smith ruled out of T20 series against Sri Lanka after concussion scare


Australian cricketer Steve Smith has been ruled out of the remainder of the T20 series against Sri Lanka after suffering concussion during Sunday evening’s match at the SCG.

In the final over of Sri Lanka’s thrilling run chase in Sydney, Maheesh Theekshana slapped a length delivery from all-rounder Marcus Stoinis towards the mid-wicket boundary.

Smith leapt up with an outstretched arm, and in one motion managed to catch the ball in his right hand and flick it back into play.

But the 32-year-old landed heavily onto the turf and didn’t initially return to his feet, instead rolling on the ground and holding his head in considerable discomfort.

Australian teammate Pat Cummins quickly retrieved the ball before checking on Smith as Glenn Maxwell frantically waved towards the dressing rooms.

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“Smith’s in all sorts of trouble,” Fox Cricket commentator Mark Howard said.

“Steve Smith has come down really, really hard here.”