Melbourne Renegades wicketkeeper Sam Harper has been subbed out of the Big Bash League (BBL) clash with the Hobart Hurricanes after being concussed in a nasty collision while batting.
- Harper was running between wickets when he tumbled over Hurricanes bowler Nathan Ellis
- He was wobbly as he tried to get back on his feet and eventually left the field after an assessment by doctors
- Harper was concussed while wicketkeeping in a Sheffield Shield game, when Jake Lehmann hit him with his bat during a pull shot
Tom Cooper replaced Harper in the line-up after he tumbled over Hurricanes bowler Nathan Ellis in the fourth over of the Renegades’ run chase.
Harper’s head, neck and back came down hard on the pitch and he was clearly wobbly as he tried to get back to his feet.
@BBL: Nasty collision in the middle between Sam Harper and Nathan Ellis. Play has stopped while the docs take a look at Harper
After an assessment from the medical staff, Harper tried to get back into the game but the independent doctors eventually convinced him to leave the field of play.
As he left, Ellis and Hurricanes captain Matthew Wade offered some words of encouragement.
“I just said to him that it didn’t look good when he tried to get up,” Wade told the Channel Seven commentary team.
“The doctors had no choice in that instance but to [get him] off the ground, and especially [because] Sam’s had a history of concussions — he got a really bad one at Adelaide Oval few years ago and it took him a long time to come back — so I’m pretty happy that they made the right call to get him off.”
That incident occurred in February 2017 when Harper was keeping up to the stumps for Victoria, and he was hit by the tip of Jake Lehmann’s bat as the South Australian played a hook shot.
He described a frightening period in hospital when he was in “constant pain”, needed 24/7 supervision from a nurse and had seemingly forgotten how to walk.
“There was a period there in hospital where it was a little bit scary. I knew how to walk, no-one forgets how to walk, but I just couldn’t do it for some bizarre reason,” he said.
In Tuesday night’s match, Cooper did not bat as the Renegades lost by four runs as they chased 191 for victory at Docklands Stadium.