Eoin Morgan is still suffering from Concussion he had in the final ODI against Australia

England limited over captain Eoin Morgan, has been ruled out of the Middlesex’ final County Championship match of the season against Worcestershire at New road after failing to recover sufficiently from the blow to the head he took while batting against Mitchell Starc in last week’s fifth ODI against Australia.

Morgan was forced to retire hurt as a bouncer of Micthell Starc hit him on the helmet during the seventh over of the series decider at Old Trafford on September 13.

After a lengthy period of treatment, Morgan decided not to continue his innings in the match in which England were all out for 138. He has not either come to the field during Australia’s 8 wicket victory to clinch the  series at Old Trafford. Angus Fraser, the Middlesex director, said that the club were following the advice of the ECB  medical team, which recommends players who have shown signs of concussion need to be symptom free for a full week prior to their next fixture.

England head coach Trevor Bayliss said, Morgan “having a lump on his head and a headache” after reportedly talking an hour to come fully to his senses in the dressing room. Morgan, apparently  still worse to wear last Tuesday morning, a full 48 hours after the incident.

“To be eligible to play in the next game after suffering a concussion, the ECB advice is that a player has to show no symptoms for a week,” Fraser told ESPNcricinfo. “Unfortunately Eoin was still a bit groggy and fuzzy when we assessed him last week. He is absolutely fine now and I’m sure he would be available to play if there was another fixture next week.”.

 

The head injury sharply came into focus last November following his death of Phillip Hughes following a blow to the head during A Sheffield Shield fixture between South Australia and New South Wales at Sydney Cricket Ground.

The incident was clearly on the minds of several cricket fans. It was also not different to Starc, who had been fielding for NSW when Hughes was struck, and was visibly shaken by this latest incident as he was comforted by his coach, Darren Lehmann.  

In the line of other sports, such as Australian Rules Football and America’s NFL, the ECB this season introduced new guidelines for counties when dealing concussed players, a move that has become imperative for all sports administrators following a study into chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease of the brain that was recently found to be present in 96% of a study of ex-NFL players.

29-year-old Morgan scored278 runs in the five-match series with the best 92 in the fourth ODI in Leeds that helped England to level the series. Morgan started his career in 2006 with Ireland but left for England in 2009. England, just before the 2015 World Cup Down Under chose him as the captain of the side removing Alastair Cook from limited over cricket.