Ashes 2019: 'Huge shoes to fill' says Paine about Smith absence in third Ashes Test

Cricket Daily
441   //    Modified 22 Aug 2019

Australia captain Tim Paine insisted it is not solely the responsibility of Marnus Labuschagne to fill the void left by Steve Smith in the third Ashes Test.

"It's up to everyone else particularly our senior players to just make sure we give that bit more output and cover Steve (Smith) as best we can," said Paine.

Smith, whose Test average of 63.24 is bettered only by the great Sir Don Bradman in the all-time list, was ruled out at Headingley because of concussion after taking a blow to the neck from a Jofra Archer bumper at Lord's.

Labuschagne stepped in as international cricket's first concussion substitute and performed commendably in Smith's absence, registering a 100-ball 59 as the tourists secured a nail-biting draw to preserve their 1-0 series lead.

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