Sydney - Australian paceman Joe Mennie suffered a
"minor brain bleed" and fractured skull after a ball hit his head
during training, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Wednesday.
Mennie was bowling at a nets session with his Twenty20 Big
Bash League team the Sydney Sixers in Brisbane on Monday when a ball struck the
side of his head.
CA chief medical officer John Orchard said Mennie was initially
discharged from hospital that night but follow-up scans the next day revealed
his injures were worse than first thought.
"Joe was reviewed by a Cricket Australia doctor on
Tuesday and had some scans performed that revealed a small fracture and associated
minor brain bleed," Orchard said in a statement.
The medic described the injury as serious but said Mennie
was "feeling well".
"We believe that this is a stable injury and will not
require surgery," he added.
"As a precautionary measure, Joe has been admitted to
hospital for observation and will continue to be assessed by a neurosurgeon to
determine best course of action."
Mennie was released from hospital later Wednesday and was
cleared to fly out from Brisbane with his team on Thursday, the Sydney Morning
The Sixers are due to take on the Brisbane Heat in the BBL
semi-final on Wednesday night.
The newspaper said he would not play in the semis and would
be monitored over the next few days.