Marcus Harris hit flush by fast Bumrah bouncer

Australia v India - 2nd Test: Day 3

Australian cricketer Marcus Harris had quite the scare when he came up against Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah during the second Test in Perth.

The inexperienced opener was tasked with extending Australia's lead over India in the second innings but was given quite a shock by misjudging a short-pitched delivery from Bumrah.

The blow to the head was quickly met with the support of surrounding players and most importantly, the urgent medical staff that burst right on the scene to assess the potential concussion threat.

The video of the incident can be seen below but also listen out for the crack the sound of the ball hitting the helmet makes.

After almost three minutes of medical assessments, Harris was deemed fit to play and continued batting for the Aussies.

Even Kohli grimaced watching the replay.

Despite the use of helmets used in the sport now, compared to the earlier days that did not require helmets, Harris and everyone involved should be grateful it spared his young life.

Ever since the tragic death of Phil Hughes in 2014, there is a sharp intake of breath around every cricket ground every time a batsman suffers a direct blow to the head.

Harris will be all too aware that without the helmet, the 26-year-old could have easily found himself in much worse physical condition.


Although he did manage to continue valiantly, Harris eventually fell to Bumrah for 20 as Australia's top order failed to fully capitalise on the first innings lead handed to them by India's lower order collapse.

They closed day three on 132-4, with Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine unbeaten on 41 and 8 respectively, and a lead of 175 runs.

Aaron Finch, who also took a blow to the hand during his innings and was forced to retire hurt, may yet still reappear after it was confirmed he had avoided breaking anything.

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