David Warner has been ruled out of the remainder of the second Test against India with concussion as his nightmare tour just keeps getting worse.
The opener battled hard for his 15 off 44 balls on day one, copping shorts balls to his arm and to his head before eventually being dismissed by paceman Mohammed Shami.
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Unfortunately for the underfire veteran, he was unable to return to the field once Australia was bowled out for 263 in the first innings, citing dizziness from the peppering he received early.
“The medical staff will have to assess tomorrow, he is a little bit weary at the moment,” Usman Khawaja said after play on Friday.
“He got a knock to the arm and then the head, I think the head made him a little bit weary at the moment and couldn’t come out to field.
“The staff will have to figure out what happens from here.”
But on Saturday, Australia confirmed Warner had been withdrawn from the Test with concussion and would play no further part in Dehli.
He will be replaced in the line-up by concussion substitute Matthew Renshaw, who had been dropped to make way for Travis Head after dual failures in the first Test.
Former Australian captain Allan Border said on Fox Cricket: “That’s huge news. Apparently David’s all right, but just obviously showing signs of concussion … he hasn’t come up well.”
Mike Hussey said: “It’s huge news, it’s a massive story that. It’s in the rules that they are allowed to replace him, so that’s a big bonus for Australia.”
“It’s a big loss for Australia,” he added.
Scans have revealed Warner also sustained a hairline fracture to his left elbow from a bouncer by Mohammed Siraj.
It’s far from an ideal situation for Warner, whose career hangs in the balance after an unconvincing start to the tour.
The opener would have been hoping to continue his Test career at least until the Ashes and the World Test Championship final in the middle of the year, but time will well if or when he will don the Australian whites again.