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Usman Khawaja despatched for scans, clears first concussion take a look at after bouncer blow


Usman Khawaja has been initially cleared of concussion however will endure precautionary scans on his jaw after he copped a blow to the pinnacle from Shamar Joseph with only one run to win in Australia’s 10-wicket victory over West Indies in Adelaide.

Khawaja overlooked a brief ball from across the wicket and was hit on the precise aspect of his jaw after the ball brushed throughout his chest as he tried to show his head out of the best way. He was assessed by the physician on discipline earlier than retiring harm.

Cricket Australia confirmed he had handed an preliminary concussion take a look at within the dressing room however had been despatched for an x-ray, and presumably a CT scan if wanted, to examine there was no structural harm to his jaw.

He might want to cross one other concussion take a look at on Saturday to be cleared to play within the second Check in Brisbane, which begins on January 25, with delayed concussion remaining a chance. Ought to he fail, he’ll enter a concussion protocol interval of wherever between 5 to eight days that might put him in extreme doubt to play.

Australia captain Pat Cummins had spoken to Khawaja briefly after the win. “He appears okay,” he mentioned. “It is just a little little bit of a sore jaw. So yeah, [we’ll] monitor it however he appears okay.”

Khawaja was hit within the head on the one day Australia had been with no spare batter on the floor. Australia’s selectors gave Matt Renshaw clearance to fly to Gold Coast final evening to play within the BBL Qualifier for Brisbane Warmth in opposition to Sydney Sixers which meant for one of many uncommon occasions within the concussion substitute period of worldwide cricket, Australia didn’t have a reserve batter on web site.

Renshaw had flown on the proviso that he would journey again on Saturday morning and that if one thing vital occurred he may have returned to Adelaide earlier.

However with the sport ending there was no want for that to happen. With Khawaja set to be monitored within the coming days, Renshaw is the subsequent in line to play in Brisbane if he is not match. That can have an effect on Renshaw’s availability to play within the different BBL finals if Warmth require him on both Monday and Wednesday.

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