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Cooper hit for six with fractured skull

FORMER local cricketer Tom Cooper was yesterday nursing a 'good-sized headache' and could be out for up to six weeks after fracturing his skull batting for the South Australian Redbacks in their one-day match against Victoria at the MCG on Wednesday night

Cooper was hit in the head by a vicious bouncer from Victorian paceman Shane Harwood.

Even though he was wearing a helmet, the sickening blow sent him reeling from the crease and caused his legs to buckle.

The young batsman was rushed to hospital and spent four hours undergoing treatment before he was released and returned to the ground.

Back at the family home in Corndale, the television replays didn't paint a pretty picture.

“I saw the footage which showed him staggering and walking to the side,” his father, Barry Cooper said.

“I also saw him walking off, which was a good sign, because if he had been carried off I would have started to panic.

“Later I saw footage of him at the ground and he was smiling and chatting. I know a fractured skull doesn't sound too good, but I was happy to see that he was alright.”

Cooper said his son flew back to Adelaide yesterday and was due to see the team doctor for a further assessment.

“The prognosis is that he will be out of cricket for six weeks, but I am sure that will be reviewed and we'll see how that goes,” he said.

“He was scheduled to play a game this weekend, but it's a bit like the procedure that kicks in when you have a concussion in footy - there's a mandatory time-out you've got to have.”



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