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.

David Warner took some time out of the session following the incident
David Warner took some time out of the session following the incident (Mark Kerton/PA)

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.

“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.

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