Sheffield Shield 2016-17
Voges retires hurt after helmet blow
Test batsman helped off the WACA Ground and ruled out of Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania
17 November 2016, 03:27 PM AEST
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Test batsman Adam Voges has been ruled out of Western Australia's Sheffield Shield match in Perth after being struck on the helmet at the WACA Ground.
Voges was on 16 when he was struck by a bouncer from fast bowler Cameron Stevenson on the opening day of WA's Shield clash against Tasmania.
Report & Highlights: WA bat first against Tasmania
Voges lowered himself to the turf after he was struck and team medical staff ran out onto the ground to assess him. After a few minutes of treatment out in the middle, he got to his feet and walked gingerly from the ground, with each arm wrapped around the shoulder of a medical staff member.
He was later diagnosed with concussion and ruled out of the rest of the match, a huge setback for his chances of holding his place in Australia's Test team.
It’s the second time this year that Voges has been struck on the head, after he was hit in the back of the head by an errant throw while fielding in the slips playing for Middlesex in county cricket in May.
Under England and Wales Cricket Board guidelines, he was ruled out of the remaining three days of the fixture, leaving Middlesex without their captain for most of the match.
Voges had been hoping for a big score in order to help his case for retention in Australia's Test side for the third Commonwealth Bank Test against South Africa next week.
The right-hander has posted scores of 27, 1, 0 and 2 so far in the series against the Proteas and could be forced out of the side for the final match of the series, with selectors indicating significant team changes are on the cards.
Despite his recent low scores, Voges still averages 61.87 from 20 Tests, with five centuries, two of which were doubles.
Cricket Australia this year introduced concussion substitutes for all domestic one-day and T20 matches, but the new rule doesn't apply for Shield matches as a match would lose its first-class status if substitutes were allowed.
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