Tassie star subbed out of wet Shield game

Lawrence Neil-Smith is out Tasmania's Sheffield Shield clash after failing a concussion test.
Lawrence Neil-Smith is out Tasmania's Sheffield Shield clash after failing a concussion test.

Tasmania's Lawrence Neil-Smith has been subbed out of the Sheffield Shield clash with Western Australia after failing a concussion test, but it mattered little after rain and bad light wreaked havoc on day three.

Neil-Smith, who snared a career-best 5-43 with the ball in WA's first innings, was struck on the helmet by a Lance Morris delivery while compiling a team-high 60 for Tasmania on Monday.

Although the 22-year-old was able to bat on after the hit, he failed a concussion test on Tuesday morning and was ruled out for the final two days.

Paceman Riley Meredith replaced him in the XI.

Heavy rain in Perth meant play didn't get underway until 2.20pm AWST on Tuesday and play finished early due to bad light

Resuming their second innings at 1-42, WA made it to 3-130 before an early stumps was called, with Shaun Marsh on 45 and Hilton Cartwright yet to score.

It gave WA an overall lead of 116 with just one day remaining.

More rain is forecast on Wednesday, meaning the match is unlikely to produce a result unless there is a massive batting collapse or a generous declaration.

"It was a little bit of a frustrating day with the weather around, but you can't really control the weather too much," Marsh said.

"We had to fight hard today, it was tough work out there. Hopefully we get a full day tomorrow ... to hopefully get a result.

"We have to bat well in the morning and then we'll reassess later on in the game.

"There's still plenty of overs there to get a result. There's still 112 overs in the game and hopefully the weather stays away tomorrow morning."

Sam Whiteman (49) and Cameron Green (13) were the only two wickets to fall on Tuesday.

Star WA paceman Jhye Richardson couldn't take part in the game on Monday after suffering back spasms during the warm-up.

But the 25-year-old pulled up well overnight and is expected to return to the field for the final day on Wednesday.

Richardson has been plagued by shoulder injuries in the past few years and more recently battled a side strain and an ankle complaint.

Australian Associated Press