David Warner, the Australia vice-captain recently suffered an injury while batting after he was hit on the side of the neck by a bouncer by his fellow teammate Jose Hazelwood in an intra-squad practice match in Darwin on Tuesday.
Warner was forced to retired hurt early in his innings after failing to connect the ball while attempting a hook shot. He was quick to get up on his feet after falling down on the ground immediately after the blow. Steve Smith was quick to react as he came fast from the slip cordon to check on his well being. However, he left the field with the team doctor Richard Saw unassisted. He was assessed by the team doctor in the dressing room and was seen applying ice on the injured area.
Australia is touring Darwin for a preparatory camp ahead of their series against Bangladesh starting on August 27. As a part of that, they were playing a three-day practice match between Steve Smith XI and David Warner XI.
The incident cut short Warner’s much-needed batting practice after he was out early on four runs in the first innings.
”It”s good that Davey”s fine, he”s a little bit stiff and sore, but just speaking to him then, he”s all fine. It”s only a practice match so he might or might not be out there tomorrow but he seems to be in pretty good shape,” fast bowler Pat Cummins told the reporters after the second day”s play.
Earlier Warner’s team declared at 360 for 6 with Peter Handscomb and Travis Head reaching three figure mark. Steve Smith also scored 84 runs before getting retired which helped his team score 181 for 6 before declaring.
— 9News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) August 15, 2017