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Adam Voges hit in the head by bouncer in Sheffield Shield match

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Almost exactly two years since the death of Australian batsmen Phil Hughes, a scarily similar incident has occurred in another Sheffield Shield match.

Adam Voges was at the crease for Western Australia on the opening day of their Shield clash with Tasmania on Thursday when he was unable to defend himself against a fiercely directed bouncer from Cameron Stevenson.

As you can see from the video below, Voges was slow to pick up the pitch of the delivery and by the time he made an attempt to duck, it was too late as the ball crashed into his helmet.

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The 37-year-old immediately fell to the ground and there was understandable concern after what happened to Hughes in 2014.

Former Australia international Hughes died two days after being hit on the top of the neck as a result of a bouncer from Sean Abbott and his death prompted significant changes to the protective equipment players now wear today.

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Luckily for Voges, after receiving treatment on the field he remained conscious and was later diagnosed with a concussion by Western Australia's medical team.

The Perth-based team tweeted an update of Voges' progress to reassure fans he had avoided what could have easily been a far more serious injury.

Of course, he will take no further part in the four-day game and retired from his innings after scoring 11 runs.

Voges, who has featured in 20 Test matches for the Aussies, was one of a number of internationals allowed to play for their domestic teams in between the second and third Tests against South Africa on the back of two disappointing defeats.

The batsman has scored just 30 runs across four innings in the series so far and will be assessed again before next week's Test.

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