Phil Salt out of ODI after 'horrible' concussion incident against Aussies

England batter Phil Salt (pictured) hurts his head during the ODI.
England batter Phil Salt (pictured) was ruled out with concussion after a nasty fall. (Images: Fox Sports)

England player Phil Salt was removed from the ODI clash against Australia due to concussion after suffering a nasty fall as he attempted to save a boundary.

Rain stopped play at the MCG as Travis Head and David Warner powered Australia to 0-112 in the 20th over in the third and final ODI against England.

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Australia's openers took full advantage of being sent in to bat by England captain Jos Buttler in Tuesday's dead-rubber, taking place in front of a minuscule crowd.

Head survived two early scares - he was dropped in the slips on four and had an LBW decision overturned - to race to an unbeaten 65 from 66 balls.

Warner put a week of controversy behind him after criticising Cricket Australia's delay in allowing him to appeal his lifetime leadership ban to be unbeaten on 42.

However, there was concern for England star Salt after he was removed due to concussion.

Salt chased a Warner cover drive when he dived to stop the boundary.

However, his head collided with the turf as he crossed the boundary line.

Salt struggled to get to his feet after the collision with the turf.

"He has hit his head there, that's not good at all," commentator Mark Howard said.

And in a major blow to England, Salt was later ruled out due to concussion.

Moeen Ali came in to replace Salt.

Australia off to brilliant start against England

In a promising sign for Australia ahead of next year's ODI World Cup in India, Warner and Head brought up their third career century partnership.

And Head went on to make a century after the rain delay.

It was their second century stand of this series after putting on 147 during last Thursday's win at Adelaide Oval.

Head was promoted to the top of the order to combine with Warner following former captain Aaron Finch's ODI retirement last month.

Australia entered the match 2-0 up after comfortably winning games in Adelaide and Sydney, taking down the under-strength reigning ODI and T20 World Cup champions.

Travis Head (pictured) celebrates his century.
Travis Head (pictured) acknowledges the applause after scoring his century. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images) (WILLIAM WEST via Getty Images)

After resting from Saturday's game, Pat Cummins is back to captain Australia following fellow fast bowler Josh Hazlewood's surprise elevation to skipper for that match.

Mitchell Starc has stayed home to rest in Sydney ahead of a busy Test summer as allrounder Sean Abbott makes his first appearance of the series.

England made two changes, with Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali making way and Buttler coming back in after resting on Saturday.

with AAP

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