Australian middle-order batsman Adam Voges was forced to retire hurt from Western Australia’s Sheffield Shield game against Tasmania at the WACA after being struck on the head while batting on Thursday.
The 37-year-old was batting on 16 when a rising delivery from Cameron Stevenson hit the right-hander on the head, which caused him to fall down to the ground. The team’s medical staff rushed to the middle to assess the extent of the injury and then after a few minutes of treatment, he slowly rose up and was taken away from the field by the staff.
Tests later revealed that Voges had suffered a concussion and it was confirmed that he would play no more part in the ongoing game.
This will definitely come as a major blow for Voges, who was looking to get some runs under his belt and make the cut for the Day-Night Test at Adelaide next week against South Africa.
The head coach Darren Lehmann had earlier said that only four Aussie players from the current team assured of a spot for the next Test and so this injury has perhaps come at a worst possible stage for Voges, who could have sealed his place as well with a sizeable score to his name.
This incident comes, with just a few days to go for the second anniversary of Phillip Hughes’s incident, that saw him also get a knock on his head while playing for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground, by a short delivery from Sean Abbott.
Hughes was immediately taken off from the field and remained in critical condition for a couple of days before being declared dead on the 27th of November 2014.
The demise triggered a plethora of reactions from all around the world and had an impact on the India-Australia Test series as well, with the matches postponed by a week and the itenary was rescheduled.