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Khawaja Clears Concussion Test After Bouncer Blow
- Updated: January 19, 2024
Usman Khawaja, the Australian cricketer, has received initial clearance from concussion and a fractured jaw after being struck by a bouncer from Shamar Joseph during Australia’s 10-wicket victory over West Indies in Adelaide. Khawaja lost sight of the short ball, which hit the right side of his jaw as he attempted to turn his head away. After an on-field assessment by the doctor, he retired hurt. Cricket Australia confirmed that Khawaja passed an initial concussion test in the dressing room and underwent a scan to check for structural damage to his jaw, with the results showing no issues. However, he will need to pass another concussion test on Saturday to be cleared for the second Test in Brisbane, beginning on January 25. If he fails, he could face a concussion protocol period of five to eight days, making his participation doubtful. Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, reported that Khawaja seemed okay but would be monitored for a sore jaw.
The incident occurred on the only day Australia did not have a spare batter at the ground. Matt Renshaw was given clearance to play in the BBL Qualifier for Brisbane Heat against Sydney Sixers, leaving Australia without a reserve batter. Renshaw flew to the Gold Coast with the understanding that he could return to Adelaide earlier if necessary, but with the game ending without further issues, he remained in the Gold Coast. Khawaja’s condition will be monitored in the coming days, and Renshaw is the next in line to play in Brisbane if Khawaja is unfit. This situation may impact Renshaw’s availability for other BBL finals if the Brisbane Heat requires him on Monday and Wednesday.
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By- Sahiba Suri