London – Australia’s Steve Smith was once again within the groove on Wednesday with 76 on his go back to cricket in England, however team-mate Usman Khawaja suffered an damage scare all through the unofficial International Cup warm-up fit towards the West Indies.
Smith and David Warner returned to global responsibility previous this month after finishing one-year global bans for his or her roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
Each top-order batsmen took phase in 3 warm-up suits at house to a New Zealand XI, however Wednesday’s rapidly organized fit in Southampton was once their first in England since finishing their suspensions.
Wednesday’s fit noticed Smith paved the way as he guided Australia to a modest goal of 230 in a seven-wicket win for the reigning global champions.
However there have been two relating to moments for the Aussies, whose International Cup marketing campaign begins towards Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.
Khawaja lasted simply two overs prior to he was once struck at the jaw through an Andre Russell bouncer and retired harm following on-field remedy.
He was once later despatched to medical institution for a precautionary X-ray.
Warner, who changed Khawaja on the crease, had made simply 12 when was once undone through a fearsome bouncer from Oshane Thomas that he may best fend to the wicket-keeper.
Previous, Evin Lewis and Carlos Brathwaite made fifties for the West Indies.
The loss of advance understand supposed there have been just a handful of spectators gazing a fit performed at the Nursery Floor at Hampshire’s headquarters.
With Australia in England for each the International Cup and a next Ashes collection, issues were expressed over conceivable barracking that Smith and Warner may obtain from partisan crowds.
That was once no longer a subject on Wednesday — even supposing they may get a extra adversarial reception when Australia play England in a International Cup warm-up in Southampton on Saturday.