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Aussies sweat on Renshaw, Wade updates

AAP logoAAP 5/01/2017 Rob Forsaith

Australia are optimistic sick keeper Matthew Wade and Matt Renshaw, who suffered a second hit to the helmet inside three days, will be fit to field on Friday morning at the SCG.

Wade took the field on day three of Australia's third Test against Pakistan, but returned to the team hotel shortly after.

The Victorian was laid low by a stomach bug, with Peter Handscomb taking the wicketkeeping gloves for the rest of the day.

Renshaw initially stayed on the park after copping a nasty blow at short leg during Thursday's final session, but walked off soon after complaining of a headache.

"These days with head knocks you've got to take them quite seriously," Australia's bowling coach David Saker said of Renshaw.

"He'll be assessed (for concussion) and we'll just deal with that in the morning."

Wade is also in a degree of doubt.

"I think he will be OK (to keep on day four), but he's a bit like Matt Renshaw. We'll assess it in the morning and see where we're at," Saker said.

"Hopefully he'll be fine.

"Matthew turned up today feeling quite sick. He was sick all morning,

"He thought once he started keeping he might be alright, but he couldn't get too far away from the toilet so he couldn't do it."

Pakistan will resume at 8-271 on Friday, still trailing Australia by 267 runs despite a gallant century from Younis Khan.

Younis is 136 not out but will need some assistance from the tail if the tourists are to pass the follow-on mark.

It may yet again be a meaningless target, with Saker expecting Australia to bat again.

"I would probably assume we'll go out and put some more wear on the wicket," Saker said.

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