An injured David Warner has been forced out of the second Test against India in Delhi due to concussion, with scans revealing he also has a fracture to his left elbow.
- Warner sustained the concussion while batting on day one
- He had waved off the team doctor after top edging an attempted pull shot into the left side of his helmet
- Matthew Renshaw has replaced Warner in Australia’s XI
Warner was struck on the helmet by Indian quick Mohammed Siraj during his scratchy 15 in Australia’s first innings of 263 at Arun Jaitley Stadium on Friday.
He waved off the team doctor after top edging an attempted pull shot into the left side of his helmet.
Warner showed no immediate signs of discomfort and kept batting until he was dismissed.
He did not field when India batted for nine overs on Friday evening and later failed a concussion test.
Warner was also hit on the elbow from a Siraj delivery earlier in his 15-over stay at the crease, requiring immediate attention from medical staff.
Scans have revealed Warner suffered a small hairline fracture to his elbow.
The injury would not have prevented him from batting in the second innings, but he would have been unlikely to field if he had not been ruled out of the match with concussion.
He has been replaced in Australia’s XI by Matt Renshaw, who was dropped for the recalled Travis Head for the second Border-Gavaskar Test after twin failures with the bat in the series opener in Nagpur.
It is the second time Australia have been forced to use a concussion sub mid-match, with Steve Smith replaced by Marnus Labuschagne during the 2019 Ashes after being hit on the head by a Jofra Archer bouncer.
Warner’s position in the Test team was already under a cloud after being down on form for the majority of the last three years.
The Australian camp has previously disputed media reports claiming Head is a contender to replace Warner at the top of the order.
Warner entered last year’s Boxing Day Test against South Africa — his 100th match — under extreme pressure to retain his spot.
But he scored a classic 200 to end a Test-century drought dating to January 2020 to book his spot for a third red-ball tour of India.
Warner’s Test record in India is dismal, averaging 21.78.
He has previously said he wants to continue playing Tests until at least the end of this year’s Ashes in England.
Warner averages 45.47 and has scored 25 centuries from 103 Tests.