South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 3rd day December 28, 2006

Benson under observation after heart palpitations

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Mark Benson: admitted to hospital in Durban © Getty Images

Mark Benson, the on-field umpire for the ongoing India-South Africa Test at Durban, left the field 20 minutes into the third day's play after suffering heart palpitations.

He will be kept under observation in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Augustine's Hospital overnight, and his condition reassessed tomorrow. Benson, one of the neutral umpires for this Test, complained of palpitations and was escorted off the field, with Ian Howell taking his place.

Benson was a left-hand opening batsman who played for Kent from 1980 until 1997 and turned out in a solitary Test and one-dayer for England. He stood in his first international match in June 2004 and was elevated to the ICC Elite Panel in April 2006. He's stood in 14 Tests and 38 ODIs to date.