England vs West Indies 3rd Test: Shane Dowrich gets hit on the face; forced off field

West Indies wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich was forced to leave the field early in the afternoon session after being struck in the face. He was hit 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 caused a delay, with the umpires forced to wipe the ball down as part of coronavirus protocols.

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.

Jason Holder had already briefly left the field earlier in the day after taking a blow to his thumb while fielding in the slips.

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