Australia's Voges out of hospital after freak accident

By AFP
Published: May 2, 2016
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Adam Voges celebrates reaching his century during the fourth day of the second cricket test match against New Zealand at the WACA ground in Perth, Western Australia, November 16, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Adam Voges celebrates reaching his century during the fourth day of the second cricket test match against New Zealand at the WACA ground in Perth, Western Australia, November 16, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON: Australia’s Adam Voges has been released from hospital after suffering a bizarre head injury captaining English county side Middlesex.

Voges was struck on the back of the head on Sunday by a ball lobbed by sub fielder Ollie Rayner and missed by wicketkeeper John Simpson after a boundary hit by Hampshire’s Michael Carberry at Southampton.

The batsman was taken to hospital and ruled out of the remainder of the four-day match under new England and Wales Cricket Board safety directives dealing with suspected concussion.

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But an update on Middlesex’s Twitter feed on Monday said Voges, 36, was set to watch the remainder of the match at south coast county Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl ground.

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Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said on Sunday: “The feeling from our physio was that he’s got concussion. It’s sad for Adam – and obviously disappointing for us, because we’re not going to have any more use of him in this game.”

The England selector and former Test bowler added: “It’s a freak injury, as such, but when you see a cricket ball thrown around the field as much as you do, you wonder why it doesn’t happen more often.

“They’re hard things, cricket balls, and you’re not always watching.”

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