Australia vs Pakistan 2016/17: Matt Renshaw Withdrawn From Sydney Test Due To Concussion
Matt Renshaw’s memorable Sydney Test against Pakistan came to a disappointing end as the new-comer was withdrawn from the ongoing Test after suffering concussion.
The opening batsman, who scored his first century in the Sydney Test, was hit on the helmet twice in three days. He was first hit on the grill when batting on Day 1 before being struck on the top of the helmet while fielding at short leg on Day 3 that forced him to leave the field and ending his participation in the remainder of the match.
“Matthew Renshaw was struck on the helmet fielding close-in on Thursday afternoon and came off complaining of a headache,” team doctor Peter Brukner said in a statement.
“He rested in the dressing room and then, when we returned to the hotel, we performed concussion tests and his cognitive, balance, co-ordination and reaction times were all within normal limits.
“However, on Friday morning he was still symptomatic and so we have taken the decision to withdraw him from the match as he is suffering from concussion. We will continue to monitor him over the coming days and work with him to produce a gradual return to play,” Brunker added.
Australia will have to see off the remaining days of the match with 10 men as concussion substitutes are not allowed in Test match unlike in Australia’s non first-class matches.
Cricket Australia introduced a concussion substitute for the 2016-17 Big Bash League and domestic one-day competition after being recommended for the same following the independent review into Phillip Hughes’ death.
And Brunker urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the matter.
“The concern we have is without a concussion sub there is a lot of pressure on the player, the coach and the doctor to allow the player to continue,” he told reporters.
“So it would be helpful in that regard if we had a sub that would make it easier to pull players out with a concussion. That’s for the ICC and the politicians to sort out really. I’m more concerned with looking after Matthew.”
Brunker also revealed he was not pressurised from the team management to keep Renshaw into the game.
“I have to say the coach and the captain have been absolutely supportive,” he said. “They’ve said to me all along ‘it’s your decision doc’. I’ve had no pressure at all to keep Matthew in the game.”
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