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Steve Smith inching closer to full fitness
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Steve Smith inching closer to full fitness

Australia’s key batsman, Steve Smith has made significant gains towards regaining full fitness ahead of the fourth Ashes Test. Smith is recovering after being diagnosed with a concussion injury as he was hit on the neck by a bouncer from England’s Jofra Archer.

Since the concussion incident, Smith hit the nets for the first time on Saturday. He batted for 15 minutes in the Headingley nets, facing throw-downs after completing his third running session in as many days.

He is now set to play in a three-day tour match for Australia against Derbyshire starting Thursday with the aim of getting fully fit for the fourth Test at Old Trafford that starts from September 4. Justin Langer, the Australian coach, is hopeful that Smith will regain full fitness in time for the match in Derby and then return for the fourth Test.