Warner subbed out with concussion, replaced by Renshaw

David Warner has been subbed out of the second Test against India in Delhi due to concussion and will be replaced by Matt Renshaw.

Warner was struck on the helmet by Mohammed Siraj at the end of the 10th over having previously taken a painful blow on the elbow. He tried to pull a Siraj bouncer but was beaten for pace and got a top edge flush into the grill of the helmet and his left jaw as he turned his head to the leg side.

Warner received prolonged treatment from the Australia team doctor and physio for the blow on the elbow, but he did not undergo a concussion test or get his helmet changed after the blow to the helmet. Warner changed his gloves at the end of the 10th over and the team doctor came out to check on him. Warner and the doctor had a brief discussion about where the ball hit the helmet but went back to the dugout without closely examining Warner or the helmet itself.

He continued to bat on before edging Mohammed Shami to the wicketkeeper for a laboured 15 and didn’t field late in the day when Australia began bowling.

At the time he was described as not feeling “100 percent” and after further assessment during the evening he failed a concussion test and has been withdrawn from the match.

“Warner will now follow the graduated return to sport protocols ahead of the third Test in Indore in line with Cricket Australia guidelines,” a CA statement said.

Warner’s withdrawal continues a difficult start to the tour for him after twin failures in Nagpur which have thrown the spotlight on his future in Test cricket. He now averages 21.78 in Tests in India.

Renshaw will open the batting in the second innings but ICC match referee Andy Pycroft confirmed he will not be allowed to bowl as Warner’s replacement. Renshaw played in the first Test in Nagpur but was left out following the innings defeat to accommodate the return of Travis Head.

“There’s no slight on him,” selector Tony Dodemaide said. “He’s very much a valued player in our team planning moving forward. He was quite stiff, particularly in the first innings [in Nagpur]. So he hasn’t been dropped for those performances.”

Although Renshaw came back into the Test side in the middle order he opened throughout the first phase of his career from 2016-17.

Australia have had a number of injury problems on this tour. Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc did not recover from their broken fingers in time to make the team in Delhi while Josh Hazlewood has also missed the first two matches.

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