Melbourne Stars’ Player Sam Harper Hospitalised After Serious Blow To The Head

In a shocking turn of events during a routine training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne Stars’ wicket-keeper, Sam Harper, has been hospitalized after sustaining a serious blow to the head. The incident occurred as Harper was batting in the nets, attempting a cross-bat shot that led to the ball striking him on the chin, lodging under the grill of his helmet and causing a severe cut near his throat.

The Stars’ medical team acted promptly to control the bleeding, and an ambulance was called to the scene. Fortunately, Harper remained conscious, breathing, and stable throughout the process.

Given Harper’s history of concussions, notably a significant incident in the Big Bash League in January 2020 when he collided with Hobart Hurricanes bowler Nathan Ellis, caution is being exercised in his treatment. The training session was immediately halted, and Harper is expected to undergo several scans during his overnight stay in the hospital to assess the extent of the injury.

With Harper ruled out for the upcoming clash against the Sydney Sixers, the Melbourne Stars find themselves in a challenging position as they lack a backup wicketkeeper. Former Stars player and Victoria limited-overs captain, Peter Handscomb, is a likely candidate to step in. Handscomb has been named the captain of the Cricket Australia XI set to play against West Indies, bringing with him both T20 international experience as a wicketkeeper and a wealth of knowledge gained from his stint with the Stars from 2012 to 2020.

Harper’s absence is undoubtedly a blow to the Stars, and the team will be closely monitoring his recovery. The incident highlights the inherent risks associated with the game and the ongoing importance of player safety measures in professional cricket. The entire cricketing community wishes Sam Harper a swift and full recovery.