David Warner goes down after being hit by a Josh Hzleweood bouncer.
David Warner goes down after being hit by a Josh Hzleweood bouncer.

Warner cleared after being hit by bouncer

AUSTRALIA vice-captain David Warner has come through a concussion test after being hit on the neck by Josh Hazlewood bouncer in Darwin.

Warner sat out the final day of the intra-squad match as precaution after he missed a hook shot against Hazlewood on day two.

The left-hander did drop his bat and went down but immediately got back to his feet before walking off unassisted.

Early signs were all positive, suggesting Warner is unlikely to be in any doubt for the first Test that starts on August 27.

"He's a little bit sore and stiff in the neck but, just speaking to him then, he's all fine,” Pat Cummins said after play.

"It's never the intent (to hit a batsman)... but it's just one of those things that happens.

"It's only a practice match, so he may or may not be out there tomorrow but he seems to be in pretty good shape.”

The incident served as the latest reminder of the dangers of the sport that were highlighted so tragically by the death of Phillip Hughes, a close friend of Warner, in 2014.

Hughes was struck on the neck by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match and died in hospital two days later.


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