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Justin Langer insisted Australia had not gone out on a limb in permitting Steve Smith to continue his innings.

  • 18 Aug 2019 10:56:08

Australia mentor Justin Langer protected the choice to permit Steve Smith resume batting after the right-hander was felled by a bouncer in the subsequent Ashes Test against England at Lord's on Saturday. Steve Smith had made 80 on the fourth day when he was struck by a short ball from quick bowler Jofra Archer, planned at 92.4 mph (148.7 kph), on an unprotected piece of his neck. Steve Smith, who tumbled to the ground, resigned hurt subsequent to getting onfield treatment. Be that as it may, fantastically, after only 46 minutes, the previous Australia chief advanced back to the ground to continue his innings.

Langer demanded Australia had not gone out on a limb in enabling Smith to continue his innings.

"He passed all the testing and that is the reason he returned out," he said.

"These resemble my children okay, so you're never going to place them in damage's manner, despite the fact that you're generally in mischief's manner with Test cricket.

"What else do you do? The medicos cleared him, he needed to get out there."

That expulsion denied Smith his third hundred in the same number of Ashes innings after he denoted his rebound Test following a year ball-altering boycott, with scores of 144 and 142 in Australia's 251-run succeed at Edgbaston.

Fundamentally, Smith was wearing a cap without the extra stem gatekeeper neck security presented following the passing of Phillip Hughes after his previous Australia partner was hit by a bouncer in a 2014 local Sheffield Shield coordinate in Sydney.

Langer said there may come when Steve Smith needs to wear a neckguard on his protective cap regardless.

"He (Smith) simply doesn't feel right (wearing a stem monitor)," said Langer.

"I realize they came in after the awfulness of Hughesy. He may reconsider it now subsequent to seeing what happened today, however you'd need to ask him that.

"Right now, the players have a decision and I wouldn't be shocked on the off chance that they become obligatory later on."