Players were quite shaken by blow to Morgan - Steven Smith
Australian captain Steven Smith revealed that his teammates were quite shaken after a bouncer from Mitchell Starc struck England captain Eoin Morgan on the helmet in the fifth One-day International at Old Trafford.
After the blow, Morgan was taken off the field by the medical staff and took no further part in the game with James Taylor taking over as captain.
At the post-match presentation, Taylor disclosed that Morgan is suffering from concussion resulting from the blow.
Smith and Starc were the among the first Australian players to go towards Morgan after the blow and the duo looked quite concerned for the 29-year-old.
Starc received a few words of comfort from his captain, while Darren Lehmann and Morgan's batting partner, Ben Stokes also spoke to the left-arm pacer.
Smith expressed that it was always tough to see a player get hit on the helmet after the tragic passing of Phil Hughes in November last year.
“I think there were a couple of guys who were shaken up. Starcy (Starc) in particular," Smith said.
“Obviously it was a tough summer back home losing a close mate.
“It’s always nasty when you get a glance like that.
“So there were a few guys shaken up and I guess hopefully Eoin’s ok.
“I don’t think anyone ever means to do anything like that.
“It is part of the game bowling bouncers and stuff like that I think you just have to get back on the ship as quickly as possible.
“You still have a job to do in the middle and take it out of your mind as quickly as possible, but you never like to see anyone hit like that for sure.
“Eoin’s alright, he’s got a bit of lump on his head and a bit of headache but he’s ok, and up and about now and having a chat so he’s fine.
“I think when anyone gets hit its anxious moment.
“I think the fact he walked off the field was a good sign.
“He was a bit dizzy for a while, and took an hour or so for him to come good.
“I’m sure the medical staff will keep a close eye on him.”
Morgan also struggled against the short delivery earlier in the series and Bayliss asserted that the coaching staff will work on improving his technique.
“We’ll probably have to look to see if there is anything technically different he can do.
“We haven’t sat down and had a close look yet or a chat with him about but I’m sure it’s something we’ll look at going forward.”
After a period of rest, England will travel to the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan in a three-match Test series, four ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals between 13th October and 30th November.
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