Castle Lager Proteas all-rounder, Ryan McLaren, is unavailable for selection for the second Sunfoil Test against Australia starting at Axxess St George's in Port Elizabeth on Thursday. McLaren has been diagnosed with mild concussion, following the nasty blow to the head from a Mitchell Johnson bouncer on Saturday.
Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained: " Ryan was admitted to a Johannesburg Clinic on Sunday evening suffering from suspected concussion-related symptoms including worsening headaches and nausea, which started approximately 30 hours after the blow to his head. His condition improved overnight and he was re-assessed by a neurologist as well as a leading sports physician with a special interest in concussion, Dr Jon Patricios.
" He is doing much better and has been discharged but from a medical protocol point of view, any form of concussion is concerning enough to rule him out of the next Test match. He will be monitored over the next four to five days and will have further assessment done next week Monday to decide whether or not he can join up with the squad prior to the third Test in Cape Town "
The Selectors have not added a player as cover and will make use of the 14 players in the squad.