South Africa vs Australia: Ryan McLaren ruled out of 2nd Test after concussion-related symptoms

Author : praveenkoushik
South Africa v Australia - First Test: Day 4

Ryan McLaren was hit on his helmet by a rising delivery from Mitchell Johnson

South African all rounder Ryan Mclaren will not play a part in the second Test between South Africa and Australia.

McLaren is said to have shown concussion-related symptoms after taking a blow to the head from Aussie quick Mitchell Johnson in the first Test.

“Ryan was admitted to a Johannesburg clinic on Sunday evening suffering from suspected concussion-related symptoms including worsening headaches and nausea, which started approximately 30 hours after the blow to his head,” South Africa’s team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said.

“His condition improved overnight and he was re-assessed by a neurologist as well as a leading sports physician with a special interest in concussion, Dr Jon Patricios. But from a medical protocol point of view, any form of concussion is concerning enough to rule him out of the next Test match.

“He will be monitored over the next four to five days and will have further assessment done next week Monday to decide whether or not he can join up with the squad prior to the third Test in Cape Town.”

South Africa have not called for a replacement into the squad and will instead rely on the remaining 14 members to do the job.

The second Test match, starting February 20th, will be played at Port Elizabeth.

Here’s the video of the hit McLaren took:

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