Fri, 23 Oct 2020

Australia's Steve Smith is set to lead his IPL club side Rajasthan Royals in their first match on Tuesday after passing a concussion test in the United Arab Emirates.

Smith was struck on the side of the helmet during training early this month and was ruled out of the three England one-day internationals with signs of concussion.

"Been in Dubai for a couple of days now with some good rest and then got into a bit of running," Smith was quoted saying in a franchise statement on Monday.

"Yesterday I did a bit of zig-zag running, which is part of the protocols to pass to get back to play and today I'll have a hit in the nets.

"Hopefully, pull up well from the hit and be good to play tomorrow."

Royals, winner of the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 tournament in 2008, will face Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah.

"Fantastic news that Steve is available. It's fantastic especially on the back of some setbacks back in the UK," Royals coach Andrew McDonald said.

"It's obviously great to have your skipper available for the first game as I've said before we are in really good hands."

Royals though will miss England's Jos Buttler in the first game due to his quarantine after arriving in the UAE and fellow countrymate Ben Stokes, who is in New Zealand with his ailing father, for a few more matches.

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