South Africa allrounder Ryan McLaren has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia because of mild concussion. He had been hit on the head by a bouncer from Mitchell Johnson on the fourth day of the Centurion Test, which South Africa lost by 281 runs.
The selectors have not added a player to the squad as a replacement for McLaren for the match that begins in Port Elizabeth on February 20.
“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.”