Sam Whiteman, the Perth Scorchers wicketkeeper-batsman, was ruled out of his side’s bowling innings against Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League on Wednesday (January 11) after suffering from concussion.
Whiteman copped a blow to the side of his helmet off a 143kph short delivery from Tymal Mills, the English bowler who was on debut for Brisbane. Whiteman, 24, appeared unaffected by the blow and continued batting to score 12 as Perth put up 156 for 5.
They later won the match by bowling Brisbane out for 129, but Whiteman was not a part of the action.
A medical assessment between the two innings revealed a concussion and Whiteman was withdrawn from the remainder of the game. In accordance with the new Cricket Australia guidelines regarding on-field concussions, Perth brought in Cameron Bancroft, the 12th man, in place of Whiteman.
Earlier this week, on Monday, Peter Nevill, the Melbourne Renegades wicketkeeper, was taken off the field after taking a blow to the helmet in the outfield. Medical staff, however, cleared him of concussion, allowing him to take the field again.
Steven Smith, the Australia skipper, was in the commentary box at time of the Nevill incident and offered an insight into the procedure to test for concussions. “We’ve been told that if the doctor wants you to come off and do the test, you have to do it,” explained Smith. “It’s a sort of memory test – you have these playing cards come up on the computer screen … it can be a difficult test to do at the best of times. Each of us do a baseline test so they know our reaction times and things like that.”
In Australia’s third and final Test against Pakistan in Sydney last wee, Matt Renshaw, the opener, was ruled out of the last two days after concussion, resulting from two blows to the helmet – once while batting and the other while fielding at short-leg – was detected.