Johannesburg: South Africa all-rounder Ryan McLaren will miss the second Test against Australia with concussion following a crunching blow to his helmet from a Mitchell Johnson bouncer in the series opener.
McLaren was admitted to a clinic in Johannesburg with “mild concussion” a day after suffering the blow on Saturday, the fourth day of the first Test. He was discharged on Monday.
South Africa team doctor Mohammed Moosajee said on Tuesday that McLaren had been experiencing headaches and nausea about 30 hours after being hit.
South Africa have decided not to call up a replacement for the second Test, starting Thursday, in Port Elizabeth, relying on the remaining 14 players in the squad.
It is possible McLaren might have lost his position in any event as South Africa admit they are considering replacing an all-rounder with a seventh batsman in Dean Elgar.
Aside from AB de Villiers’ 91 and 48, the top six South African batsmen managed just 57 runs in the first innings in Pretoria and 68 in the second.
The left-handed Elgar’s Test career, which started with a pair of ducks on debut against Australia in Perth in 2012 when he was bagged both times by Johnson, has been mediocre with a single unbeaten century against New Zealand and a next highest score of 27 in nine innings.
Having chosen not to call up a replacement for McLaren to their Test squad, Elgar is the only specialist batsman available for selection.
“There (has been) debate around playing an extra batter,” Proteas convener of selectors Andrew Hudson told reporters.
“Australia went in batting-heavy, relying on their three seamers and their spinner, which they did successfully.” (Agencies)