West Indies wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, who was forced to leave the field early on Day 3 after being hit on the face by a Shannon Gabriel quicker, had to undergo stitches but thankfully didn’t break his teeth.
Speaking about his injury update, West Indies coach Phil Simmons revealed, “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.”
in the afternoon session on Day 3 Dowrich was struck in the face by a short delivery from Shannon Gabriel at 90mph, which burst through his gloves and hit him on the lower part of his face.
Dowrich has struggled throughout the series to deal with the ball wobbling after it has passed the bat. The incident also caused a delay, with the umpires forced to wipe the ball down as part of coronavirus protocols.
Earlier in the day, Jason Holder had also briefly left the field earlier in the day after taking a blow to his thumb while fielding in the slips.
In the aftermath of the incident, Shai Hope briefly replaced Dowrich behind the stumps, before Joshua da Silva – the back-up wicketkeeper on the tour as part of the reserve group – then took over from Hope, who returned to the fielding ranks. Hope has previously kept wicket in two Tests and 77 ODIs. Silva, however, will not be allowed to bat in the 2nd innings.
“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.”