Usman Khawaja cleared off any major injury scare ahead of World Cup 2019 (Image Credit: Twitter)
The Australian opener, Usman Khawaja was cleared of any possibility of a major injury after he was struck on the helmet in Australia's unofficial warm-up against West Indies (Windies) by a bouncer by Andre Russell in Southampton on Tuesday (May 22). Khawaja was on 5 when he was struck by a brute of a bouncer in the second over of Australia's run chase, chasing Windies' 230.
Khawaja retired hurt and immediately was taken to the hospital for scans on his jaw after the blow. The scans, however, came clear on Wednesday.
"It was very scary," said Shaun Marsh, who posted an unbeaten fifty in Australia's win. "It copped him on the side of the cheekbone... The main thing is he is OK and can bounce back pretty quickly. (Khawaja was) a bit shaken, as you are when you get hit on the head. But he is a tough cookie, Uzzy, and he'll be ready to go."
Khawaja is expected to be available for Australia's next warm-up match against England on Saturday. Australia comfortably cruised to a win with over 11 overs to spare. Steve Smith struck 76, sharing a 109-run stand with Marsh. Meanwhile, Australia will play their first league game against Afghanistan and will look to start the tournament on high.