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Australia pace bowler Joe Mennie was diagnosed with a “minor brain bleed” after he was struck on the head while bowling during a Sydney Sixers net session.
Mennie was rushed to hospital, but despite the injury seeming extremely serious at first, Cricket Australia’s chief medical officer Dr John Orchard confirmed that he won’t require surgery.
“After being struck on the head by a ball at training on Monday, Joe was transported to a hospital in Brisbane where he underwent a series of check-ups before being discharged later that evening,” Orchard said. “Joe was reviewed by a Cricket Australia doctor on Tuesday and had some scans performed that revealed a small fracture and associated minor brain bleed. Whilst this is a serious injury, Joe is feeling well. We believe that this is a stable injury and will not require surgery.
“As a precautionary measure, Joe has been admitted to hospital for observation and will continue to be assessed by a neurosurgeon to determine best course of action.”
Sixers wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin admitted that he thought Mennie had not been seriously injured and would be available for the team’s Big Bash League (BBL) semi-final against the Brisbane Heat, but that will not be the case as the 28-year-old has been ruled out of the match.
“It was a bit of a scary incident actually,” Haddin told Sky Sports Radio. “He was bowling in the nets and Michael Lumb got hold of one straight back and he’s followed through and got him in the head. It was a bit uncomfortable for a couple of minutes but lucky Joe’s all right.”