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Net bowler hospitalised after being hit on the head during Australia training

David Warner was batting at the time.

Australia batsman David Warner was warming up for Sunday’s match against India (Mark Kerton/PA)
Australia batsman David Warner was warming up for Sunday’s match against India (Mark Kerton/PA)

A net bowler has been taken to hospital for checks after being struck on the head by a shot from Australia batsman David Warner during a training session at the Oval.

World Cup organisers the International Cricket Council confirmed to Press Association Sport the incident happened as the ball was played back out by Warner.

Training was immediately halted as the bowler was attended to straight away by medical staff on site at the London venue.

As a precaution with any head injury, the necessary checks were made, with the man put onto a stretcher and then taken away to hospital for further examination.

An ICC spokesman said the bowler was “responding well” and was “conscious when he left”.

The ICC added in a statement: “The ICC can confirm there was an incident involving a net bowler during the Australian practice session at The Oval.

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Australia captain Aaron Finch wants his side to start fast against India (Mark Kerton/PA)

“The bowler was hit on the head in his follow-up. He was treated immediately by the medical staff at the ground and has been taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.”

Warner took some time out for the session once training resumed, before returning to the nets.

Defending champions Australia have won both matches so far and resume their campaign against India at the Oval on Sunday.

”Once

gets into a rhythm he’s so hard to stop and you can’t afford to play catch up against great players and Rohit [Sharma] is the same.” source=”Aaron Finch” /]

Captain Aaron Finch believes it is imperative for his pace attack to strike early in order to knock Indian batsmen Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma out of their stride.

Finch said: “Once he [Kohli] gets into a rhythm he’s so hard to stop and you can’t afford to play catch up against great players and Rohit is the same.

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Rohit Sharma intends to make another big impression (Adam Davy/PA)

“He’s so destructive when he starts to really put the pressure on you. You can’t afford to give them too much freedom but we can’t focus on just two players either, look at the rest of their batting line up.

“Those first ten or 15 balls it’s about making them take a risk and early wickets will be a real key.”

But Sharma is in the mood to do more damage after a superb 122 helped his team cruise past South Africa in their opening match.

“I was happy with my performance against South Africa,” said Sharma.

“I had to curb my natural instincts and play to the conditions and that gives me immense satisfaction. It wasn’t my best innings but it was one of my best.”

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