Warner retires hurt after being struck by bouncer
Australia vice captain David Warner, was retired hurt after getting hit on the side of the neck by a Josh Hazlewood bouncer in the 2nd day of the three-day practice match between David Warner XI and Steve Smith XI, in Darwin.
Warner tried to pull the short ball, but missed. The ball hit him on his neck and He fell to the ground instantly. The blow appeared to have shaken him. But he immediately got back on his feet and took off his helmet. His teammates were quick to check on him.
Australia’s team doctor Richard Saw rushed to the pitch to aid Warner. But Warner walked off the field on his own. He was later seen applying ice to the impact site.
The opening batsman was batting on 2 from 14 deliveries when he got hit. In the 1st innings he was dismissed on 4. The blow on the neck has denied the left-hander of some much needed time in the middle before the Bangladesh series.
The Australian Test side is currently training in their pre-tour camp in Darwin, prior to the two match Test series against Bangladesh. The camp will end on August 17 and the team will leave for Dhaka on Friday, August 18. The first Test will be played in the Sher E Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka on August 27.
Australia Squad:Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade.