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Khawaja cleared for World Cup after injury scare

Khawaja cleared for World Cup after injury scare Photo: TT
West Indies v Australia - World Cup Warm-Up Match - Nursery Ground. West Indies Bowler Andre Russell checks to see if Australia's Usman Khawaja is ok, after Khawaja is struck on the helme

Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has been cleared of any serious injury after receiving a nasty block to the head during his side’s seven-wicket win over the West Indies in a practice match in Southampton on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old was forced to retire hurt on 5* after being hit in the helmet from a rising delivery from Andre Russell.

He underwent scans with fears of a jaw injury ahead of the 2019 World Cup which starts in England next month.

Khawaja was taken to hospital but returned to join the team at the ground having been cleared of any damage after the scans.

Teammate Shaun Marsh, who made an unbeaten half-century in the win, said it was scary.

“It was very scary,” Marsh said. “It copped him on the side of the cheekbone.

“The main thing is he is okay and can bounce back pretty quickly.

“He was a bit shaken, as you are when you get hit on the head but he’s a tough cookie Uzzy.

“He’ll be ready to go.”

Australia plays England in Southampton in another World Cup warm-up on Saturday.

The Aussies’ first World Cup match is against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.

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