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Khawaja cleared of injury

You alright! West Indies' Andre Russell, right, checks on Australia's Usman Khawaja after hitting him on the head with a bouncer on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: Andrew Matthews

Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has been cleared of injury after being hit on the helmet while batting against the West Indies in a warm-up match here on Wednesday.

Khawaja was struck by a bouncer from Andre Russell in the second over of Australia’s run chase during his side’s seven-wicket win.

The left-hander retired hurt and indicated to an area on the right side of his head after the blow and looked in some discomfort as he was escorted off the field.

The 32-year-old, who was then sent to a hospital for scans, played no further part and returned to the ground later in the afternoon after being cleared of serious damage.

Spin the key

Meanwhile, former skipper Ricky Ponting believes defending champion Australia’s ability to bowl and play spin will define its success in the World Cup.

“The thing that will define Australia’s success in the World Cup is, one, how well they bowl spin and, two, how well they play it,” Ponting was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

“That’s been their Achilles’ heel the last 12 or 18 months.


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