Matt Renshaw chopped one back on to his stumps off Imran Khan for 184    Getty Images
Matt Renshaw chopped onto the stumps off Imran Khan for 184 on Day 2 Getty Images

Matt Renshaw, Australia‘s opening batsman, left the field for assessment after complaining of headache following a nasty blow to the helmet while fielding at short leg on Day Three of the final Test against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The incident happened during the 77th over when Renshaw was appointed at short-leg. Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed swung hard at a delivery off Steve O’Keefe and the left-hander was hit on the helmet. This was the second time such incident happened with the 20-year-old after a bouncer from Mohammad Aamer struck on his helmet grille during his maiden hundred run knock.

According to ESPNCricinfo, he was assessed on the field by Australia’s team doctor, Peter Brukner, and having been cleared to bat on, he raised his maiden Test century. “Matthew complained of a headache. He came off the ground to rest and is having an ongoing assessment of his condition”, stated Brukner. Renshaw was the second Australian to leave the field during the day’s play at the SCG. Two overs into the day, Matthew Wade also gave up wicketkeeping duties to Peter Handscomb and returned to the team hotel due to illness.

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Nonetheless, apart from losing key players, Australia are well and truly on the verge of completing a whitewash over Pakistan as the visitors are reeling at 271 for 8. They are still 267 runs behind and need to make at least 68 runs to ask Australia to bat again. Younis Khan was the only shining armour on Day Three from the visitors camp, registering his 34th ton. He also became the first batsman to score hundreds against all Test playing nations.