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By Jawad Hussain
KARACHI, Oct. 1, 2018 (News925.com) – Australian opening batsman Matt Renshaw is unlikely to be part of the Australian playing eleven for the first Test match against Pakistan which starts at Dubai International Stadium in the United Arab Emirates from October 7.
Matt Renshaw suffered a head injury during the four-day tour match between Pakistan-A and Australia in Dubai. The injury has added to the worries of Australian cricket think-tank which is yet to make proper replacements for the tainted cricketers Steven Smith, Cameron Bancroft, and David Warner. The trio was suspended by the Cricket Australia for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal during the South Africa Test series.
This is not the first time that Renshaw has got a head injury. Previously, he suffered a concussion in a warm-up match before Sheffield Shield for Queensland in March this year. He eventually had to be subbed out of the match. He was also taken out of the Sydney Test against Pakistan in 2917 with a similar incident where he got hit while fielding, just days after getting hit by a bouncer while batting.
In the latest incident, Renshaw got hit by a stroke from Pakistani batsman Abid Ali while fielding at short leg on Sunday. Although he was wearing a helmet, the ball hit the side of his head. He took off his helmet straight away and sunk his head into hands before the Aussie medical staff reached there to examine his condition.
The cricketer was taken off the ground for conducting further checks and tests. Marnus Labuschagne replaced him on the field.
Talking to the local media persons, Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch confirmed that Renshaw was in good spirits. “He’s been with the medical staff all afternoon but he seems in really good spirits. He’s confident that his headaches are subsiding pretty quickly,” he added.
However, the Aussie selectors might think the otherwise. The 22-year-old batsman is highly unlikely to be part of the playing XI in the first Test match between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai from Sunday.