Australia's Justin Langer refutes idea of 'bouncer war' against England at Headingley

England's Jofra Archer celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Usman Khawaja

Smith, whose Test average of 63.24 is bettered only by the great Sir Don Bradman in the all-time list, was ruled out at Headingley because of concussion after taking a blow to the neck from a Jofra Archer bumper at Lord's.

Although Smith's absence is a blow to Australia, head coach Langer insists he had no difficulty making the call.

While Australia had won the first Test at Edgbaston by 251 runs, the way England fought back in the second Test at Lord's indicated how close the Ashes series would be.

Meanwhile, England captain Joe Root said he would have no qualms about a player withdrawing from a match because of concussion.

"When we followed the protocols he was probably a couple of days off being fit to be selected", said Langer at a press conference.

"He's picking up every day and he's obviously keen to play but unfortunately he's not really quite right for this Test match".

Labuschagne is nearly certainly set to keep his place and Paine is adamant the South Africa-born batsman alone can not bear the brunt of the hole left by Smith.

"We have guys on the sidelines ready to go".

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Shadow batting and walking was as rigorous as it was to get for Smith, who debriefed with mentor Mark Taylor after finally giving up hope of facing England. "It's distasteful and we have to remember that the Aussie players who got themselves into trouble have been punished and done the time".

"We've got to make sure all the other guys - our senior players and younger players - step up and fill what are nearly unfillable shoes, because he's the best player in the world".

The team doctor Richard Saw had the final say on whether Smith played or not and he was seen speaking with him during team training on Tuesday.

Smith - who has risen to number two in the world batting rankings - was pictured with his head in his hands and Langer looking glumly at the ground. Australia held on to draw the Test with his concussion substitute Marnus Labuschagne playing a key innings.

Archer made his Test debut in the drawn second match at Lord's and produced several spells of menacing quick bowling, hurrying the Australian batsmen up and forcing them into evasive action from deliveries that averaged more than 145kph.

Initially, Smith passed a concussion test and was allowed to return to the field and complete his innings, but his condition worsened the following day.

England's Ben Stokes has told Australia to expect more bouncers from Jofra Archer in the remainder of the Ashes.

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