Andre Russell cleared of serious injury after being hit on helmet

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 13, 2019

Big-hitting West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell suffered a brutal blow to his head when he was batting in a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match Thursday.

While Russell got up by himself, he had to leave the field on a stretcher.

The incident took place in the 14th over, after Russell, batting on zero, failed to connect with a pull. Russell playing for Jamaica Tallawahs received the bow in the first inning of the match at Sabina Park. The medical team then took him off the ground on a stretcher for the other cricketers on the ground to witness the incident with utter shock and reminded fans the horrific episode of Phill Hughes. Zouks pacer Hardus Viljoen had bowled a short ball, and the ball struck Russell's helmet near the right ear. However, when the medical team arrived to check Russell's condition, the right-hander was able to stand up on his feet.

Darren Sammy of St Lucia Zouks leads his team onto the field at the start of match 9
Darren Sammy of St Lucia Zouks leads his team onto the field at the start of match 9

The official account of the CPL T20 league later tweeted: "Andre Russell has gone to the hospital for a scan". But, they confirmed that he will be ruled out for the remainder of the season. After St Lucia captain Darren Sammy won the toss and sent the hosts in to bat, Tallawahs scored 170/5 in their allotted quota of 20 overs on the back of wicket-keeper batsman Glenn Phillips' 58 (34) with the help of eight fours and a six.

Tallawahs head coach Donovan Miller said that there wasn't any fresh update on Andre Russell's injury as of now.

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