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David Warner downed by Josh Hazlewood bouncer in Australia intra-squad match

David Warner was forced to retire hurt during Australia’s intra-squad match at Darwin after being hit by a Josh Hazlewood bouncer.

cricket Updated: Aug 15, 2017 12:36 IST
‪‪Steve Smith‬,‪Glenn Maxwell‬,‪Australia national cricket team‬
David Warner walks off after being hit in the back of the neck by a Josh Hazlewood bouncer. (Twitter: @CricketAus)

Australia’s David Warner was a victim of friendly fire when he was struck in the neck by a bouncer from team mate Josh Hazlewood and retired hurt during an intra-squad match in Darwin on Tuesday.

The pugnacious lefthander dropped his bat and slumped to his knees after his attempted hook shot went awry at Marrara Oval but quickly picked himself up and walked off the ground unassisted.

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Vice-captain Warner was dismissed for four in the first innings and had only made two from 14 balls when he was struck, denying him time in the middle before Australia’s two-test tour of Bangladesh.

Cricket Australia tweeted that he was “recovering” from the blow, without elaborating on his condition.

The squad depart for Bangladesh on Friday ahead of the first test in Dhaka which starts on Aug. 27.

First Published: Aug 15, 2017 12:28 IST