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The Ashes 2013: Steve Smith doubtful for third Test

ANALYST
News 31 Jul 2013, 16:11 IST
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England v Australia: 1st Investec Ashes Test - Day Two

Australia’s Steve Smith is doubtful for the third Ashes Test against England, which begins on August 1 at Old Trafford Manchester, with a sore back.

The Australian middle-order batsmen failed to attend the team’s practice session due to his back injury. Smith has been one of the few bright sparks in what has been a tour to forget for the Baggy Greens.

Smith also managed to score a 102 in the recently concluded tour match against Sussex.

“I think he’s doing okay,” opening batsman Chris Rogers said. “He might have tweaked it a little bit yesterday but talking to him he said he’s improved a bit so hopefully he’ll be right to train tomorrow and good to go on the first day. I think it’s just a bit restrictive, so hopefully it’s not a big issue.”

With Dave Warner being recalled to the squad, he could be the possible replacement in case Smith does not reach full fitness.

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