Joe Mennie    AFP
Joe Mennie AFP

Australia‘s paceman Joe Mennie suffered a “minor brain bleed” and fractured skull after a ball hit his head during training, Cricket Australia (CA) said Wednesday. Mennie was bowling at a nets session with his Big Bash League (BBL) side,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 CA doctor on Tuesday and had some scans performed that revealed a small fracture and associated minor brain bleed. 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. 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”,Orchard said in a statement. Andre Russell s doping case verdict expected on January 31

Mennie was released from hospital later Wednesday and was cleared to fly out from Brisbane with his team on Thursday, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald. 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.

The first semi-final was played on Tuesday where Perth Scorchers got the better of Melbourne Stars. Scorchers defeated David Hussey’s side by seven wickets which resulted in Hussey retiring from BBL altogther. Having made his debut for Australia in 2008, Hussey played 39 T20Is and 69 One-Day Internationals (ODIs). His final appearance came in 2013 in an ODI against Sri Lanka.