McLaren out of second Test

The SA all-rounder sustained a mild concussion after being struck by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer.

Proteas all-rounder Ryan McLaren is out of the second test against Australia. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas all-rounder Ryan McLaren has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia due to injury.

He sustained a mild concussion after being struck by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer in first Test.

No replacement will be called up to the squad.

Proteas Team Doctor Mohammed Moosajee says it is too early to say whether McLaren will be fit for the third Test.

"Obviously with a concussion or highly traumatic brain injury, you need to be cautious. We can't rush Ryan back into playing cricket again. With that in mind, he will miss the second Test match. He's being monitored daily and we will reassess him on Monday to ascertain whether he'll be ready to join us in Cape Town for the third Test."

Moosajee says McLaren had to be hospitalised following the incident.

"Unfortunately after the blow sustained to the back of his head during the first Test, Ryan developed some concussion-related symptoms, including headaches that were worsening and nausea. We therefore had to admit him to hospital for neural-observation and he had an assessment done by a neurologist as well as one of the leading sports specialists that deals with concussions, Dr Jon Patricios."

Despite the loss of McLaren, Moosajee says there are no other injury concerns for the Proteas ahead of the pivotal second Test.

"The rest of the 14 squad members are fit at the moment. We are having a practice session in Port Elizabeth this afternoon and another one tomorrow morning, where the final squad will be announced."