“You need to take an ‘if in doubt’ approach,” said Headway deputy chief executive Luke Griggs.
“With concussion, the vision can be blurred and the brain can be slow at processing information. That leads to delayed reaction times and is just incredibly dangerous.”
This is a huge advantage for England as Smith was holding Australia’s batting together, but if he is not right and the medics say he is not right then he simply should not be playing.
I remember former South Africa captain Graeme Smith hit his head during fielding practice and he had concussion but went out and batted. He got 50-odd and he described almost seeing ‘three balls’ and the whole place ‘moving around’ behind.
It’s sad for Smith and a reminder of the damage a cricket ball can do but it is also a good thing these protocols are in place and keeping people safe.
This is what happens in sport. Smith had batted for four hours and it was just a minor misjudgement. It’s a scary reminder of what top-level sport and cricket can do.
But you can’t ban bouncers. It’s like telling Usain Bolt not to run as fast as he can.