Australian opener David Warner has copped a shocker after a local bowler was hit on the head by one of his strokes. During a net session at The Oval, Warner played a straight drive which went on to hit Jai Kishan, a fast bowler of Indian origin. Warner was clearly ‘ a bit shaken’ by the incident. The boy had to be stretchered from the arena.
He received assistance from the Australian medical staff before being carried on a medicab. Assistant Coach Ricky Ponting tried comforting Warner after the incident. The session resumed after a halt but Warner didn’t go back to the nets straight away.
David Warner was pretty shaken up: Finch
ICC officials have said that the young cricketer is fine as he was smiling. He has been taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. “Davey was obviously pretty shaken up,” Australia’s captain Aaron Finch said.
“It was a pretty decent hit to the head. Hopefully, everything keeps going well for the youngster and he’s back up and running shortly. It was tough to watch.” he added.
ICC venue manager Michael Gibson informed the media that they will be updated on the incident. “He was conscious when he was taken to the hospital. We will provide further updates when available,” Gibson said.
Australia will take on India tomorrow– 9th June. Warner has been solid touch, having piled up runs in the IPL before reporting to the national camp. The southpaw hit an unbeaten 89* to kickstart the World Cup campaign. Though he failed to get to double figures against the Windies, the side won’t be sweating much on his form.
In 2014, Warner was part of the New South Wales team when Philip Hughes was struck on the head by a ball while batting. Hughes lost his life and the entire incident left the cricketing world stunned.