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Cricket news - Smith taken for precautionary scans after Archer blow

Smith was struck on the forearm by a sharp Archer bouncer before he was hit on the neck during his knock of 92

Steve Smith was taken to hospital for "precautionary X-ray scans" on his left forearm after a painful foray at the crease at Lord's where he copped a number of blows from Jofra Archer.

Australia's premier batsman had earlier undergone a concussion assessment, which he'd passed to return to the crease after having retired hurt when he was struck by a rapid short-pitched delivery from England's debutant. Smith had suffered the blow to the forearm around six overs earlier when he ducked into a short delivery from Archer that didn't rise as much as he expected. A team official confirmed that Smith had walked out to bat a second time only after being cleared by the team doctor.

"He was taken off the field and into one of the medical rooms. He was given the concussion assessment and then that was part of it. The assessment also involves a balance test: you stand on one leg, close your eyes, make sure you don't fall over," he said. The assessment also included the non-computerised SCAT5 test and the Cricket Australia certified COGSPORT test, which is computerised. SCAT5 is common to other sports too and is used in interpreting post-injury test scores.

"(COGSPORT) is a baseline assessment is taken of players during the off-season and then when they do the test after they have suffered a head or neck injury, it's compared against the baseline," he explained.

The official also revealed the series of tests that the doctor had conducted on Smith while he was still in the middle after he'd fallen helmet-first on the pitch when hit by the Archer delivery. They included the "modified Maddocks questions", which is generally used to assess injury in football.

"The doctor will ask him a series of questions such as where are we playing, who bowled the ball, who bowled the previous over, who was the last man dismissed, where was your last match, where did the ball hit you. Things like that," he said.

"What the doctor said to me was Steve said "I feel fine and I'd like to continue". But the doctor said as a precaution I'd like to take you off and he was amenable to that," the official added.

After he left the field retired hurt, Smith spent 20 minutes in the medical room and then 10 minutes in the dressing-room after icing his injured arm, which carried a bruise. It was during this time that a few of the teammates and skipper Tim Paine had a few words with Smith before he was back on the field at the fall of Peter Siddle's wicket. The official confirmed that it was a "joint decision" to let Smith bat again once he'd passed the assessment. "Just bear in mind, CA policy does allow the doctor to withdraw a player from the field," he said.

Smith was on 70 when he was struck on the arm and on 80 when Archer hit him on the neck. He then returned and scored 12 runs off 9 balls before being dismissed for 92. Smith didn't come out to field in England's second innings, and his fitness and health will be assessed over the next 36 hours.

"It's an ongoing assessment, he'll assess him when gets back to the hotel, he'll assess him when he wakes up in the morning."

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