Aussies make concussion call on Khawaja for Windies Test as Pucovski gets good news after being struck by bouncer


Usman Khawaja has been cleared to play in the second Test against the West Indies at the Gabba after passing a final concussion check.

Struck late in Australia’s win in Adelaide on Friday, Khawaja has undergone daily checks after being initially cleared of both a concussion and broken jaw.

The 37-year-old has passed each test without concern, with Cricket Australia now confident the opener has no symptoms of delayed concussion.

It means Khawaja will train at the Gabba during Australia’s main session on Tuesday, before the start of the final Test of the summer on Thursday.

Khawaja’s fitness will allow Australia to keep an unchanged side for the Test, with he and Steve Smith to keep their combination at the top of the order.

Matt Renshaw misses out on returning to the Test team, and will again act as a reserve batter.

Meanwhile, former Test opener Will Pucovski has been cleared of a concussion after being struck in the head and retiring hurt in a second XI game for Victoria.

He was struck on the helmet attempting a hook shot from South Australian paceman David Grant in the latest scare surrounding the 25-year-old.

Will Pucovski has retired hurt after being struck while batting for Victoria’s second XI today.

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Pucovski, who had made 42, has passed a concussion test and can continue batting in the fixture at Adelaide’s Karen Rolton Oval on Monday.

“He will be monitored through the day and rest of the game,” Cricket Victoria said in a statement.

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Pucovski, who played one Test in January 2021, has returned to cricket this summer after suffering 11 concussions and taking leave for mental health reasons in 2022.

Before his return, the right hander, widely regarded as among Australia’s best young batters, had a year out of cricket.

Pucovski has played three Sheffield Shield games this season, with a top score of 65.

He also featured in a tour game for Victoria against Pakistan.

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