NSW batsman becomes 1st concussion sub in cricket

SYDNEY (AP) " New South Wales opening batsman Daniel Hughes has become the first player to be substituted during a match under Cricket Australia's new concussion protocol.

Hughes was replaced by Nick Larkin during the One-Day Cup elmination final between New South Wales and Victoria Friday after being struck on the helmet by a bouncer from test fast bowler Peter Siddle. Larkin wasn't required to face a ball as New South Wales won the rain-affected match by 31 runs.

Cricket Australia has introduced a rule in its Big Bash Twenty20 and one-day competitions this season which allow teams to replace a player who has left the field for medical assessment after being struck on the head.

New South Wales batsman Nic Maddinson " also struck on the head during the match " called the rule "a great move."

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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