Sydney - Australian vice-captain David Warner is expected to
be fit for the upcoming Bangladesh tour after retiring hurt when he was struck
in the neck by a bouncer during a warm-up match.
The opener was hit by a Josh Hazelwood delivery in a
chilling blow Tuesday that saw him drop to his knees and let go of his bat,
with captain Steve Smith rushing from slips to check on his deputy.
Appearing shaken, Warner removed his helmet and immediately
walked off the field leaving his bat behind.
Cricket Australia's news site cricket.com.au said the fiery
left-hander had passed a concussion test and would be available for the tour of
Bangladesh, but would sit out the rest of the intra-squad match in Darwin,
Australia's Northern Territory.
"It's good that Davey's fine," Aussie pacemen Pat
Cummins said after close of play Tuesday. "He's a little bit stiff and
sore, but just speaking to him then, he's all fine."
A focus on player safety has been heightened since the
tragic death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.
Hughes, who played 26 Tests, died from bleeding on the brain
in November 2014 after being hit on the base of the skull by a rising ball at
the Sydney Cricket Ground during a domestic match.
The Australian squad flies to Dhaka on Friday for the
two-Test tour which begins on August 27.