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Nevill taken to hospital with suspected broken jaw

Peter Nevill left the field with a nasty swelling on his right cheek Getty Images

The Melbourne Renegades' wicketkeeper Peter Nevill was taken to the hospital after a freak incident at the Adelaide Oval where he was struck in the face by Brad Hodge's bat. Nevill walked off the field with a suspected broken jaw.

The incident occured in the 18th over of the Adelaide Strikers' chase when Hodge pulled the first delivery from Thisara Perera to the leg side, but his bat slipped out of his hand. Nevill, standing a few yards back, was watching the ball and didn't see the bat coming his way until its handle hit his right cheek. He tumbled to the ground immediately and was surrounded by team-mates, the two batsmen and the umpires as the medical staff of the two teams scurried on to the field. Nevill stood up after some time to leave the field with a badly swollen face and was taken to a local hospital for X-rays. Captain Aaron Finch kept wicket for the remaining 17 balls.

Incidentally, Nevill had left the field with an injury last week, too, during the Renegades' match against the Sydney Sixers, when a skidding throw from a team-mate landed at the edge of the pitch and the ball hit him in the head. He was asked to leave the field by a doctor for a concussion test and Finch had kept wicket then too. Nevill was cleared to return an over later.