Matt Renshaw scored his maiden ton in the SCG Test against Pakistan    Getty Images
Matt Renshaw scored his maiden ton in the SCG Test against Pakistan Getty Images

Sydney: Australia opener Matt Renshaw has been withdrawn from the third Test against Pakistan in Sydney after suffering concussion, team officials said on Friday. The rookie was struck on the helmet while fielding close in to the bat on Thursday’s third day and taken from the field for observation. It was the second time in three days the 20-year-old had been hit on the helmet after being caught by a bouncer while batting on the opening day. “Matthew Renshaw was struck on the helmet fielding close-in on Thursday afternoon and came off complaining of a headache, team doctor Peter Brukner said in a statement. “He rested in the dressing room and then, when we returned to the hotel, we performed concussion tests and his cognitive, balance, co-ordination and reaction times were all within normal limits.

“However, on Friday morning he was still symptomatic and so we have taken the decision to withdraw him from the match as he is suffering from concussion.” The Yorkshire-born player scored 184 in the first innings for a maiden century in his fourth Test. Brukner said wicketkeeper Matthew Wade would play Friday after recovering from a stomach illness, which forced him from the field on Thursday. Peter Handscomb took over wicketkeeping duties in Wade’s absence. Australia are in a commanding position in the Sydney Test after they declared at 538 for 8 in their first innings, thanks to tons from Renshaw, David Warner and Handscomb.

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