Thursday, April 18, 2024

Aus vs WI 2023-24 – Usman Khawaja heading in the right direction for Gabba after Adelaide head blow


Usman Khawaja stays heading in the right direction to be out there for the second Take a look at towards West Indies in Brisbane having continued to cross his concussion protocols following the blow to the top shortly earlier than the top of the sport in Adelaide.

Khawaja was struck on the aspect of helmet by a brief ball from Shamar Joseph and retired harm with one run wanted for victory. He handed the preliminary concussion evaluation within the dressing room and has continued to not present any signs over the weekend.

He is because of return to coaching on Tuesday throughout Australia’s predominant session forward of the Gabba Take a look at.

“He accomplished regular concussion assessments at the moment [Sunday],” a CA spokesperson mentioned. “Khawaja will proceed to be monitored for any delayed signs. He can be reviewed once more tomorrow previous to returning to coaching.”

Khawaja’s progress means Australia are prone to stay unchanged for the second Take a look at as they appear to wrap up the sequence 2-0. Matt Renshaw is the spare batter within the squad and he’ll doubtless be made out there for Brisbane Warmth’s Challenger last towards Adelaide Strikers on Monday. He can also be allowed to function within the last towards Sydney Sixers on Wednesday, the eve of the Take a look at, if Warmth make it by.

The three frontline quicks are set to play their fifth Take a look at of the season along with the opening match in Adelaide having taken little greater than two days, following all three Exams towards Pakistan ending in 4.

Alongside Nathan Lyon, it is going to be the primary time since 2013-14 towards England that Australia could have gone by a house Take a look at summer season of no less than 5 matches with an unchanged assault when Lyon was additionally a part of the group alongside Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle.

“In the beginning of the summer season I did not assume it was going to be the case,” captain Pat Cummins mentioned. “But it surely’s shaping up that approach which is a large nod to the health of the fellows and the medical staff and a few useful wickets.”

With Josh Hazlewood having handed 250 Take a look at wickets in Adelaide, all 4 of the frontline bowlers now have that tally – the primary assault in historical past to realize the feat.

With two Exams to come back towards New Zealand from late February there’s an opportunity they might play seven consecutive matches collectively as an assault. The three quicks are being rested from the ODI sequence towards West Indies early subsequent month however some might function within the T20Is which comply with.

Scott Boland has been with the Take a look at squad all through the season (though was launched to play video games for Melbourne Stars) whereas uncapped fast Lance Morris would even be near a call-up if a alternative was wanted. He was a part of the squad early within the Pakistan sequence earlier than being left to play for Perth Scorchers the place he took 13 wickets at 19.00 in 9 matches.

“It is superior travelling with the Aussie guys however nothing replicates taking part in cricket,” Morris mentioned forward of the Knockout last the place Scorchers’ marketing campaign ended towards Adelaide Strikers.

“[I’ve been] placing a couple of issues into apply – having the bravery to take it out within the center was robust, however I made a aware effort to strive a couple of various things and increase my recreation this 12 months. It is one thing you possibly can solely get with expertise.

“When the strain is on and also you’re in entrance of an enormous crowd, you have to fall again on to your strengths and it solely comes by taking part in numerous cricket.”

Morris is in line for his ODI debut towards West Indies within the three-match sequence whereas each he and Boland prone to be included within the Take a look at squad to tour New Zealand.

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