Alex Carey needed stitches in a gashed chin after being struck by a Jofra Archer bouncer which knocked his helmet off.
Carey was due to team up with Archer’s county Sussex for the forthcoming Twenty20 Blast campaign, but his form looks like earning the Aussie World Cup vice-captain an Ashes call-up where he’ll face more fire from the England paceman.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Carey, 27, scored 375 World Cup runs and Aussie legend Steve Waugh has talked up his possible inclusion as a specialist batsman.
Sussex have launched a back-up plan to find an alternative overseas player.
Archer’s short delivery clattered into Carey’s jaw, removing his headwear in the process, but the No 5 had the presence of mind to catch the ball before it hit the stumps.
The England players showed concern for their opponent and know the kind of damage Archer’s express pace can do.
Carey hardly ducked and reared backwards when he realised too late that he could not take evasive action.
Medical staff put a plaster on Carey and he rapidly returned to the crease, seemingly unfazed.
Cricket Australia confirmed Carey received stitches to the wound on his chin after returning to the dressing room and he kept wicket in England’s reply.
England started superbly against their old rivals in the World Cup semi-final, dismissing dangermen David Warner and Aaron Finch for nine and zero respectively.
Archer bowled with plenty of hostility and kept the batsmen on their toes with his mix of lengths.
He finished with two wickets as England bowled out their rivals for 223.
Jason Roy then led England’s chase, which saw them home with eight wickets and and 18 overs to spare.
England will now play New Zealand in the final at Lord’s.