NSW batsman Nic Maddinson has become the second Blues player to be ruled out of tomorrow's Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland due to concussion.
Maddinson was struck on the helmet while batting in Friday night's Matador BBQs One-Day Cup elimination final against Victoria at Drummoyne Oval, but was able to continue his match-sealing innings of 86 after being assessed on the ground by NSW's medical team.
The left-hander passed a concussion test on Saturday and was declared fit to play in Sunday's final against Queensland at North Sydney Oval, but began to feel unwell during the match.
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"Nic began feeling unwell during the latter part of the final and subsequently failed a further concussion test after the match," Cricket NSW Doctor John Orchard said.
"As a result, he has been withdrawn from the Sheffield Shield squad due to fly to Brisbane today.
"Cricket Australia's concussion policy requires that players are monitored, including follow-up tests for signs of concussion in the days after a knock to the head."
Blues teammate Daniel Hughes, also struck on the helmet during the semi-final at Drummoyne Oval, will join Maddinson in sitting out the Shield clash in Brisbane as he recovers from concussion.
Hughes retired hurt after being struck by a Peter Siddle delivery on Friday and was subsequently diagnosed with concussion, which ruled him out of the rest of the match.
In an Australian cricket first, the Blues named batsman Nick Larkin as Hughes' 'concussion substitute' for the rest of the match.
Speaking after the match on Friday, Maddinson conceded that while he was able to shake off the blow out in the middle, the hit had an effect on him.
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"It's probably more now where I'm feeling the blow a little bit more," Maddinson said.
"I don't feel dizzy or anything. I actually felt OK at the time and I think I knew there was still a job to go.
"So there was no real option for me to come off, I didn't think."
Meanwhile, the Blues have confirmed Australia paceman Mitchell Starc will make his return from a serious leg injury for the day-night clash at the Gabba.
Starc will play a "limited role" in the game ahead of the first Commonwealth Bank Test against South Africa, which begins at the WACA Ground in Perth on November 3.
Australian teammates Steve Smith, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Peter Nevill will also play in the Blues’ Shield clash.
The squad for the first Test will be named on Friday (October 28).
NSW squad: Steve Smith (c), Doug Bollinger, Ryan Carters, Trent Copeland, Ed Cowan, Ryan Gibson,Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Nathan Lyon, Peter Nevill, Kurtis Patterson, Mitchell Starc, David Warner