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Marnus Labuschagne called in as Cameron Green's concussion sub

The allrounder was struck by a Kagiso Rabada bouncer shortly after arriving at the crease

Firdose Moonda
Firdose Moonda
07-Sep-2023
Cameron Green walks off with the physio, South Africa vs Australia, 1st ODI, Bloemfontein, September 7, 2023

Cameron Green walks off with the physio  •  AFP

Cameron Green was substituted out of Australia's opening ODI against South Africa in Bloemfontein with a concussion after he was hit by a Kagiso Rabada bouncer in the sixth over of the chase. Marnus Labuschagne took his place in the line-up and, as he did at Lord's in 2019, produced a vital innings which took his team to victory.
Green had only just arrived at the crease after Rabada removed Mitchell Marsh with the first ball of his third over and defended the first delivery he faced. That ball was full but Rabada immediately went for change in length, charged in and delivered a 140kph-plus ball which angled in from off stump. Green did not have much time to react but turned his head to the offside and was hit on the left ear flap.
He took his helmet off to reveal a drop of blood behind the ear and swelling in the area, which was visible within seconds. He received an on-field concussion check from the Australia phyiso then left the field to receive further treatment. Australia were 38 for 2 at the time.
A short while later the concussion replacement was confirmed and Labuschagne walked to the crease at the fall of Alex Carey's wicket which left Australia are 72 for 5.
A Cricket Australia spokesperson said that Green was "being monitored by medical staff."
It was the second time Labuschange has been a concussion sub in international cricket after replacing Steven Smith during the 2019 Ashes Test at Lord's in what would be a defining moment of his career.
Labuschagne was not an original part of this ODI squad but was called in when Smith was ruled out with a wrist injury

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent for South Africa and women's cricket