Australia management keeping close watch on Matt Renshaw
With a history of concussions, Matt Renshaw is being carefully monitored by Australia’s medical staff. @Getty

The opener Matt Renshaw is under close watch by Australia’s support staff just days away from the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai, having been struck on the helmet during the ongoing tour match against Pakistan A.

On Sunday, Renshaw was hit on the helmet when fielding at shot leg and forced off the field immediately with the team doctor. He was subsequently withdrawn from the game as a precaution but was seen in lively spirits on the sidelines of the ICC Academy in Dubai on Monday.

With a history of concussions, Renshaw is being carefully monitored by Australia’s medical staff with hopes that he can be fit for the start of the Test series on October 7.

Speaking to reporters after stumps on day three, Australia’s Test vice-captain Mitchell Marsh said the progress was good.  “It’s never nice to see someone get hit in the head, but from what I’ve heard from the doctor he’s getting better and better,” said Marsh. “He seems in good spirits now. It’s always a bit of a shock to see someone go down like that but from all reports he’s all good now.”

Australia’s squad includes the uncapped Aaron Finch as an opening option, as well as Usman Khawaja who has done the job twice in his 33-Test career.