Ashes 2019: In a massive setback for Australia, premier batsman Steve Smith is ruled out of the third Ashes Test. Justin Langer confirmed the news that Smith will not be a part of the 3rd Test due to an injury. Smith has been in ominous form in the ongoing Ashes, but a lethal bouncer from Jofra Archer had him at bay as he had to leave the ground to get medical attention. In the three innings he featured thus far in the Ashes, he has slammed a century in each of them.

“It (the Lord’s draw) showed that without Steve, we were able to get the job done which is a positive,” Head said.

“Steve is obviously in great nick and playing beautifully at the minute, so hopefully he comes good … he said he was feeling much better. He is playing cards again and is himself, it’s good to see.

“But obviously Marnus came in and played beautifully. He has been fantastic over here in the county season, got a lot of hundreds.

“Wadey got a hundred at Edgbaston, so I think we have got guys who are in form … we have got the batting in the sheds that can do the job,” said Travis Head.

Earlier in the day, Smith walked out in Leeds and the visuals gave fans hope.

Smith is currently second place in the ICC players ranking.