Total Ashes foul for Lord's crowd: Aussie PM on Smith's booing

Stuart Broad loses his hat as he chases the ball

Stuart Broad loses his hat as he chases the ball

Steve Smith's concussion during the second Ashes Test at Lord's has put him in doubt for the third match of the series and sparked debate on how the sport deals with delayed concussions.

"It is not uncommon for players to pass their tests and feel well on the day of an injury and then display symptoms 24-48 hours later."

The third Test starts on Thursday in Leeds, but the 30-year-old Australian won't be rushing his return.

Smith wasn't wearing a StemGuard, the protective attachment designed by helmet manufacturer Masuri in the aftermath of Phillip Hughes's death in 2014.

The Cricket Australia Concussion Protocol says if a player receives a blow to the head or neck, a concussion assessment should be carried out.

"I along with a few other players in the team find it a little bit different, uncomfortable to what we're used to", Smith said in London.

"It's certainly an area of concern, concussion, and I want to be 100 per cent fit".

Smith - who was playing his second Test after serving a one-year ban for his involvement in the Sandpaper Gate fiasco - has been subjected to harsh treatment by the Lord's crowd even though he showed enormous courage during the course of his innings at the Home of Cricket.

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Kountouris added that the decision on when Smith was able to return would be made exclusively by team doctor Richard Saw, who would follow the Cricket Australia protocols.

'I feel a little bit claustrophobic when it's on.

The right-handed batting all-rounder, who bowls leg-breaks as well, became Test cricket's first ever concussion substitute who will be allowed to bat in Australia's second innings.

"You look at the game, only Steve developed a concussion".

"If we pulled out every player who had a head impact, we'd be pulling out 80% of players who don't have a concussion and taking them out of the game. He has got symptoms now, there's a short time span between the second and third Test, so we will see accordingly", he added.

The immediate assessment can take place on the field, but a full test must take place in a quiet environment such as the dressing room. "When the doctor told us Steve does not have a concussion on day four, we believed him", Kountouris said. His replacement, Marnus Labuschagne, scored a valuable 59 as Australia battled to secure a draw in the match.

"Our doctor is an expert in his field, he's trained to pick up even the minor signs of concussion".

The tourists held on to their 1-0 Ashes lead after a tense fifth day at Lord's, drawing the second Test by reaching stumps on 154 for six.

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