Rogers out dizzy fol­low­ing head hit

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BEN HORNE

A DARK cloud hangs over Chris Rogers’ fu­ture in Test cricket, af­ter a sud­den dizzy spell forced the Aus­tralian opener to re­tire hurt two days af­ter he was struck on the head in the sec­ond Test at Lord’s.

Rogers has had a con­cern­ing run of con­cus­sion- re­lated prob­lems dat­ing back to last sum­mer and the fear is he may have suf­fered a de­layed re­ac­tion to be­ing hit by a Jimmy An­der­son bouncer 48 hours ear­lier.

The left- han­der said he felt fine be­fore go­ing out to bat on day four, but looked un­steady on his feet at the non- striker’s end two overs in and was forced to re­tire on 49 in an alarm­ing turn of events.

Rogers, 37, was ruled out of the two- Test se­ries against the West Indies last month due to con­cus­sion, and this latest in­ci­dent has only added to con­cerns over his health.

The form bats­man so far this Ashes tour, los­ing Rogers for a Test or the se­ries would be a mas­sive blow to Aus­tralia.

But it’s known that Rogers was deeply trou­bled in the Caribbean.

Play was just two overs old when Rogers, not fac­ing, sig­nalled to the dress­ing room that he re­quired ur­gent at­ten­tion. Open­ing part­ner David Warner who showed such com­mend­able aware­ness on the field in the mo­ments af­ter the Phillip Hughes tragedy, quickly en­cour­aged a dizzy-look­ing Rogers to sit down on the turf un­til help ar­rived.

Team physio Alex Koun­touris, doc­tor Peter Brukner and Brad Haddin rushed out, and the de­ci­sion was im­me­di­ately made to help Rogers off the field.

Rogers only faced five balls in the morn­ing with­out in­ci­dent – but he did cop a nasty blow to the head on the first ball of day two from Eng­land pace­man An­der­son. The short ball left him stunned, but med­i­cal staff let him bat on.

Last sum­mer Rogers was smashed in the hel­met field­ing at short leg and in the wake of the Hughes tragedy, the in­ci­dent left him badly shaken.

He was struck in the head by a net bowler in the lead- up to the se­ries in the West Indies and was ruled out of both matches by the med­i­cal staff.

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