Australian captain Steve Smith was felled by a Neil Wagner bouncer to provide late drama in the middle session of day two of the second Trans-Tasman Trophy cricket test at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval on Sunday.
Smith toppled to the popping crease after his helmet absorbed a nasty blow in the last over before the tea interval. Smith, who righted himself before receiving treatment from team medical staff, was visibly shaken by the incident but was able to leave the ground unaided.
Wagner dug in a short ball – an intermittent tactic as the Black Caps struggled in vain to snap a 174-run partnership between Smith and opener Joe Burns – and the skipper was unable to take evasive action.
He turned his head and the ball crashed into the side of the protective headwear. He then dropped to the pitch to compose himself as Black Caps fielders – and Wagner – converged to sympathise and check on his welfare.