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Khawaja retires hurt in warm-up match against Windies


Australian batsman Usman Khawaja was struck by a brutal bouncer from Andre Russell and he was taken to hospital immediately for scans.

World Cup warm-up match
Australia’s World Cup preparations have officially started and it started with a huge blow as their crucial batsman Usman Khawaja left the field retired hurt after getting struck off a bounder from Windies fast bowler 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.

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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.

Earlier Australia were 2-103 after 18 overs, with skipper Aaron Finch (42 off 48) the other out batsman. Steve Smith was on 24. Khawaja opened the innings while it saw  David Warner pushed down to No.3, but if Khawaja is sidelined due to the injury, it could pave the way for Warner to return to the opening spot he occupied before his ban.

Warner made 12 before being dismissed by Oshane Thomas while Khawaja was on 5 when he was retired hurt and left the field.

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