Adam Voges supports the idea of concussion substitutes
Australian batsman Adam Voges has supported the idea of permitting a substitute fielder for players who may be suffering a concussion due to a head injury on the field. Voges himself was involved in a freak accident while playing for Middlesex in the County Championship this year. The accident saw him miss the last three days of the first-class match.
The Aussie batsman, who was leading Middlesex, was struck on the head by a ball thrown from the boundary and was immediately declared unfit to take part in for the rest of the match.
Commenting on the idea of allowing a substitute player, Voges said: “The fact that you get pulled out of the game immediately and you don’t have any say in that, is one factor in it. I understand the argument where if you allow a sub for concussion while wouldn’t you allow a sub for other injuries. It could be a bit of a grey area. I understand that. But I am in favour of the sub rule.”
Recalling the incident , when a throw from substitute fielder Ollie Rayner missed the wicketkeeper and struck Voges, who was fielding at slip, on the back of his head, Voges said that the accident left him to feel groggy for several days.
“I was standing at slip, just contemplating a fielding change, or a bowling change, I can’t quite remember. I didn’t really pay attention to where the ball had gone or when it was coming back,” said Voges, recollecting the incident.
“It wasn’t until very late that the ‘keeper realised the ball was going over his head and it hit me straight in the back of the head. It was just a freak accident really. I was a bit groggy for a week, week and a half after that and missed the next game. Thankfully, I recovered pretty well after that and all is going well now.”
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