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Tim Paine: 'Huge shoes to fill without Steve Smith'

Tim Paine: 'Huge shoes to fill without Steve Smith'
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The Australia captain says the team's senior players have to step up in the third Test, not just Smith's replacement Marnus Labuschagne.

Australia captain Tim Paine insists it is not solely the responsibility of Marnus Labuschagne to fill the void left by Steve Smith in the third Ashes Test.

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.

Labuschagne stepped in as international cricket's first concussion substitute and performed commendably in Smith's absence, registering a 100-ball 59 as the tourists secured a nail-biting draw to preserve their 1-0 series lead.

Marnus Labuschagne impressed in the second innings at Lord's
Marnus Labuschagne impressed in the second innings at Lord's (Mike Egerton/PA).

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

The skipper said: "We do it as a team. There aren't too many guys, there's only one other, that have averaged higher than Steve in Test cricket.

"Clearly they are huge shoes to fill and we don't put all that pressure on Marnus. Marnus comes in to play a role in our team and it's up to everyone else, particularly our senior players, to just make sure we give that little bit more output and cover Steve as best we can."

Smith started the series with hundreds in both innings at Edgbaston, only the fifth Australian to do so in an Ashes encounter, so his absence is a sizeable blow for Australia.

Steve Smith will play no part in the third Test
Steve Smith will play no part in the third Test (Mike Egerton/PA).

Paine added: "He's been in really good form, he's been playing really well so he's disappointed not to be playing. He along with the rest of our group understand why he isn't."

Asked about his recovery schedule, Paine added: "In terms of his next week, I'm not too sure. I think he'll probably just lightly build up as the week goes on and he'll be continually monitored.

"If he keeps progressing well then I guess he starts batting straight away and full training with a view to playing as quickly as possible if everything goes well.

"There's a strong medical process in place and Steve's got to tick a lot of boxes to make sure he's ready to go and our medical staff are then comfortable with him playing."

Archer regularly surpassed speeds of 90mph at the 'Home of Cricket' last week, hitting 96.1mph at one point, with his express pace routinely troubling not only Smith among Australia's ranks.

Asked if they will change their preparation as a consequence of Archer's threat, Paine added: "I think you're always preparing for the next game and what you think you're going to face.

Jofra Archer rattled Australia's batsmen on his Test debut at Lord's
Jofra Archer rattled Australia's batsmen on his Test debut at Lord's (Tim Goode/PA).

"Obviously we copped some short-pitched bowling, I think guys prepared for it last week but it's another thing facing it. Guys have got plans in place and we've prepared really well for it.

"It's about going out and executing it. We think the Lord's wicket was quite a difficult one to face short-pitched bowling on, so we're interested to see how this wicket plays.

"But it's about adapting to the situation, the wicket and what any of their bowlers are trying to do. We've got to have a plan to counter that and I know our boys will."

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