Sarfraz Ahmed did not take the field on the fourth morning of the second test in Abu Dhabi, after he woke up in the morning complaining of a headache. He was taken to the hospital for what the administration said were preventive scans.
His place behind the stumps was taken by Mohammad Rizwan and in the field as captain by Asad Shafiq.
Sarfraz got into a back of Peter Siddle in the 89th over the innings of Pakistan on the third afternoon. The ball hit him near his left ear while he turned his head. He was 32 years old at the time and required treatment. He then struck for almost 30 attempts without any apparent discomfort, the last second to be fired by 81.
Sarfraz has been in the trenches through what has been a redeeming Test. He was hit on his left forearm by a short ball from Mitchell Starc on the first day, at the end of his 94 turn. Actually, Rizwan was called back to the squad on the basis of that hit and he could have kept the windows on the second day . rules that allow a substitute gardener to take the gloves.
In the event, Sarfraz was fit enough to take his place on the field and enjoyed a productive day, since Australia was ejected by 145.
It is not yet clear how long he will remain out of the Sarfraz field.