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David Warner expected to be fit for Bangladesh tour after neck blow

David Warner was forced to retire hurt following a blow to the side of the neck by a bouncer during Australia’s intra-squad match at Darwin.

cricket Updated: Aug 16, 2017 16:42 IST
David Warner has scored 5454 runs in 64 Tests with 18 centuries and 24 fifties.
David Warner has scored 5454 runs in 64 Tests with 18 centuries and 24 fifties. (Twitter/Cricket Australia )

David Warner, Australian vice-captain, is expected to be fit for the upcoming Bangladesh tour after retiring hurt when he was struck in the neck by a bouncer during a warm-up match.

The opener was hit by a Josh Hazelwood delivery in a chilling blow Tuesday that saw him drop to his knees and let go of his bat, with captain Steve Smith rushing from slips to check on his deputy.

(Read | David Warner downed by Josh Hazlewood bouncer in Australia intra-squad match)

Appearing shaken, Warner removed his helmet and immediately walked off the field leaving his bat behind.

Cricket Australia’s news site said the fiery left-hander had passed a concussion test and would be available for the tour of Bangladesh, but would sit out the rest of the intra-squad match in Darwin, Australia’s Northern Territory.

“It’s good that Davey’s fine,” Aussie pacemen Pat Cummins said after close of play Tuesday. “He’s a little bit stiff and sore, but just speaking to him then, he’s all fine.”

(Read | Australia in Bangladesh: Darren Lehmann backs David Warner to come good)

With Australian team set to depart for Bangladesh on Friday ahead of the first Test in Dhaka, which starts on August 27, coach Darren Lehmann expects Warner to board the flight.

“He seems alright, walking around the ground today, so fingers crossed he’ll be okay and we’ll get an update in the next day or two,” Lehmann told reporters.

“It’s always a scare when that happens, isn’t it? Hopefully he’s going to be OK.”

A focus on player safety has been heightened since the tragic death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.

Hughes, who played 26 Tests, died from bleeding on the brain in November 2014 after being hit on the base of the skull by a rising ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground during a domestic match.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 12:39 IST

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