“What the doctor said to me was Steve said: “I feel fine and I’d like to continue”. But the doctor said as a precaution I’d like to take you off and he was amenable to that.
Smith didn’t have a neck guard when he came back in…
“He’s never worn one. That’s his preference. I’m not aware of whether that discussion was had (if he should wear one) but it’s not something he has worn. He has tried it – he tried it in the nets a couple of years ago when it first came out. He didn’t find it very comfortable.”
Was Tim Paine involved in the decision or just the doctor and Steve?
“Tim was in the dressing room. He spoke to Steve. I don’t know specifically what he said to him. Rest assured, he wasn’t pushed out the door. He was keen to bat. He was very keen to bat.”