- Voges was struck by a bouncer while playing for Western Australia on Thursday.
- The incident revived chilling memories of Late Phil Hughes' death.
- Cricket Australia later said that Voges was okay but will not play the rest of the game.
The latest incident, where another Australian batsman Adam Voges was struck with a bouncer on the head, shows that the game is still not safe!
Voges, playing for Western Australia, was hit by a bouncer from fast bowler Cameron Stevenson on the opening day of Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania on Thursday. He lowered himself on the turf while the medical team ran into the ground to give him the assistance.
These scenes unwillingly brought back the chilling memories of Hughes' incident. Eight days from now - November 25, 2016 - will mark three years of Hughes' demise.
Watch the nasty blow to Voges' head:
However, fortunately, later Cricket Australia revealed that the Australian batsman was okay. He has been diagnosed with a concussion and won't play the rest of the match.
An inquest was conducted last month to understand if Hughes' death could be avoided. After five days of an intense investigation, the inquest had heard, " the death appeared 'inevitable' from the point of the impact."
The Coroner had also asked Cricket Australia to continue its collaboration with helmet manufacturers intending to providing a neck protector that can be mandated at all First-Class matches.
However, he made it clear that a better-protected helmet would not have saved Hughes' life. It's all about being careful when you are playing the game, and that can be fatal too.
Voges' scary 2016 continues...
It’s the second time this year that Voges has been struck on the head. He was hit in the back of the head by an impish throw while fielding in the slips playing for Middlesex in County Cricket in May.
The England and Wales Cricket Board made the use of helmets mandatory for batsmen and close fielders within eight yards of the bat on the leg side. And alas, Voges was fielding without a helmet when he was struck.
The video showed the blow was pure nasty as Voges immediately was lying in pain on the ground:
It's high time when International Cricket Council (ICC) with the big three - Australia, England and India - come out with a solution to avoid any of these incidents which could eventually end up as horrid as Hughes' fate.
Hughes, who was struck with a short-pitched ball during a Sheffield Shield match at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014, never regained consciousness and died two days later in St Vincent’s hospital.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:45 PM IST