Renshaw in ‘really good spirits’ after head blow

Australia’s opening batsman Matt Renshaw is a doubtful starter for the first Test against Pakistan that starts on 7 October after taking a blow to the head while fielding in their warm-up match.

Renshaw was fielding at short-leg when he took a blow to the helmet on day one of the four-day game against Pakistan A and subsequently left the field to receive treatment.

The 22-year-old has taken no further part in the game and Pakistan A has agreed to let Renshaw be replaced by Marnus Labuschagne for the rest of the match.

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Aaron Finch said of Renshaw’s condition: “He’s okay. Obviously a pretty heavy knock to the head there but he’s been with the medical staff all afternoon.

“He seems to be in really good spirits and is confident that his headaches are subsiding pretty quickly.”

Australia, meanwhile, got valuable batting practice on the second day in Dubai as they reached 207/2 at stumps.

Usman Khawaja hit 36 while Finch made his way to 54 but both openers were the only two Australia wickets to fall in 80 overs.

Shaun Marsh (54 not out) and his brother Mitchell (53 not out) will resume the tourists’ innings on Monday.

Earlier, Pakistan A were bowled out for 278 with Australia spinner Nathan Lyon recording figures of 8-103 in 39.1 overs while fast bowler Mitchell Starc (1-50) got 21 overs under his belt in the first innings.