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Cricket Information: Will Usman Khawaja play within the 2nd Take a look at vs West Indies? | Usman Khawaja damage replace after being struck on jaw
Australia opening batsman Usman Khawaja will proceed to be assessed after he was cleared of a fractured jaw within the aftermath of his staff’s comfy, ten-wicket win within the first Take a look at in opposition to West Indies. With only one run required to finish the easy 26-run chase, Khawaja was struck on the jaw by a Shamar Joseph bouncer as he attemped to sway out of the best way.
The veteran had blood coming from his mouth, however fortunately he has been cleared of structural injury. Nonetheless, Khawaja can be monitored for any delayed concussion signs after passing an preliminary take a look at. Ought to the opener develop any, he’ll doubtless miss the second Take a look at on the Gabba in Brisbane beginning Thursday, January 25.
Matt Renshaw set to return in if Usman Khawaja is dominated out of the 2nd Take a look at in opposition to West Indies
Khawaja took to social media to share an replace. He was his typical, witty self. “Thanks for all of the nicely needs, I’m fantastic, simply wished Marnus to have a success!” he wrote.
Fellow left-hander Matt Renshaw was chosen because the backup opener after Steve Smith was picked as David Warner’s replacement. If Khawaja is dominated out, Renshaw will slot in for what can be his first Take a look at as Australian opener since 2018.
Renshaw has been in respectable red-ball type prior to now two seasons. Earlier this summer season, he scored a affected person 136* off 337 within the tour match in opposition to Pakistan in Canberra. Nonetheless, his Sheffield Protect common of 31.63 in six matches this season is one thing the selectors will hope he improves on if he does take the sphere for the second Take a look at.
By way of the collection, Australia look courses above the inexperienced West Indies. They accomplished the ten-wicket win shortly earlier than lunch on the third day after dismissing the vacationers for simply 120 within the second innings.
Josh Hazlewood took 5/35 to comply with his 4/41 within the first innings. Earlier, man of the match Travis Head’s 119 helped Australia to a wholesome lead of 95 on a difficult Adelaide pitch.
The second Take a look at can be a day/evening encounter in Brisbane. It is going to run throughout the Australia Day lengthy weekend, so there needs to be good crowds as soon as once more after a superb turnout in Adelaide.