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Renshaw has headache, hit on helmet again

AAP logoAAP 5/01/2017 Rob Forsaith

Matt Renshaw is in good spirits but nursing a headache after his second hit to the helmet in three days at the SCG, with Australia yet to make a call on whether he will be fit to field on Friday.

Renshaw was stationed at short leg on day three of Australia's third Test against Pakistan when Sarfraz Ahmed hammered the ball in his direction.

The opener ducked, only for the Kookaburra to hit the top of his helmet.

Team doctor Peter Brukner rushed out to Renshaw, as he did on day one when a nasty bouncer from Mohammad Amir struck the opener's grille during his maiden Test ton.

Renshaw was given the all-clear to remain on the field on Thursday, but walked off soon after complaining of a headache and never returned.

The 20-year-old, who left the ground sporting his trademark smile, continues to be assessed for concussion.

"He just came off with some headaches, so I suppose he's just going to be assessed throughout the night and in the morning," Australia's bowling coach David Saker said.

"These days with head knocks you have to take them quite seriously, so he'll be assessed and we'll deal with that in the morning."

Cricket Australia introduced a new concussion policy last summer, empowering team doctors to remove players from the field for a thorough test if they suspected there had been a concussion.

"We asked him questions to see if he was alert and orientated," Brukner said after Renshaw's hit to the helmet on Tuesday.

"Unless we suspect he has concussion, he doesn't need to come off and our initial assessment was that he didn't."

Pakistan's Azhar Ali, who was hit on the helmet in similar fashion during the Boxing Day Test, sympathised with Renshaw.

"It's a tough job (at short leg)," Azhar said.

Renshaw, who required a new helmet after both hits, spoke candidly about his scare on day one.

"He (Brukner) asked me if I was OK. I was fine, so I just wanted to be out there. I didn't want to retire hurt on 91," Renshaw said.

"He asked me the score and who the last person out was, but I got them pretty right. I think I was four runs off the score, so not too bad."

The burly Queenslander, who was struck on 91, went on to score 184 in Australia's first-innings total of 8(dec)-538.

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