Shane Dowrich Injury Update: The West Indian wicket-keeper batsman was hit on his cheek while wicket-keeping yesterday.
During the third day of the third Test of the ongoing West Indies’ tour of England in Manchester, West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Shane Dowrich got hit on his cheek while keeping to a Shannon Gabriel delivery.
Struggling to cope with the late swing on offer in this Test, Dowrich had been fumbling deliveries since Day 1. On this particular occasion, the 28-year old wicket-keeper saw the ball traveling between his hands to hit him on the face.
Having walked off the field to receive medical attention, Dowrich was briefly replaced by Shai Hope before reserve wicket-keeper Joshua Da Silva walked in to keep wickets.
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Shane Dowrich Injury Update
While rain has pretty much washed out the first two session on Day 4 today, West Indies require 389 more runs to win the match. Having lost two early wickets last evening, the visitors have eight wickets in hand to draw the match if not win it. It is worth mentioning that even a draw will help West Indies to retain the Wisden Trophy.
Considering the English bowlers especially Stuart Broad’s form, even drawing won’t be an easy task for West Indies. There is a strong possibility of them needing the batsman in Dowrich to come out to bat in a daunting situation whenever play resumes.
West Indies can’t send uncapped Da Silva in to bat as Dowrich’s replacement because the latter hasn’t been affected with a concussion injury.
Speaking to the reporters after play on Day 3, West Indies Head Coach Phil Simmons provided an injury update with respect to Dowrich. Going by Simmons’ words, one expects Dowrich to return to the field to aid his team in saving the match.
“He [Shane Dowrich] was lucky that it came on to the glove first. He has a little cut on the lip but no damage to the teeth or anything like that, just a cut and it’s been sealed up by the doctor. So I guess now all he has is a big headache,” Simmons said.
In five innings on this tour so far, Dowrich has scored 118 runs at an average of 23.60 including a half-century in the first match in Southampton. Overall, the right-hand batsman’s 142 runs in 11 Test innings in England have come at a paltry average of 14.20.