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Khawaja is declared fit after a nasty blow from Russell in warm-up game

Australian opener Usman Khawaja is declared fit after was struck by a brutal bouncer from Andre Russell against West Indies at Southampton’s Nursery Ground on Wednesday, May 22.
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Australia’s World Cup preparation started with a huge blow yesterday as their crucial batsman Usman Khawaja left the field retired hurt after getting struck off a bouncer from his former Sydney Thunder teammate Andre Russell.

Khawaja was struck in the second over of Australia’s run chase in a practice match at Southampton’s Nursery Ground and he was taken to the hospital immediately for scans on his jaw. He had made just five when he was hit by the bouncer. The left-handed batsman looked in some discomfort as he was escorted off the field by team doctor Richard Saw. He can’t part any further part in the warm-up game.

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But luckily the 32- year old has avoided serious injury and was cleared of the any possibility of damage. “It was very scary,” said Australia’s middle-order batsman Shaun Marsh. “It copped him on the side of the cheekbone… The main thing is he is OK and can bounce back pretty quickly. (Khawaja was) a bit shaken, as you are when you get hit on the head. But he is a tough cookie, Uzzy, and he’ll be ready to go.”

It’s obviously a peaceful news for Australia and the Australian fans as Khawaja is Australia’s one of the most important batsman in this year’s World Cup. Khawaja is also expected to play the next warm-up match against England on May 25 in Southampton.

Australia won their first warm-up match against West Indies by a huge 7-wicket after Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh’s superb half-century.

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