Umpire Paul Reiffel was replaced by Erasmus for the day    IANS
Umpire Paul Reiffel was replaced by Marias Erasmus for the day IANS

Mumbai: On-field umpire Paul Reiffel was forced to leave the field on Thursday and was sent to hospital for medical attention after being hit on the back of the head by a throw from fielder Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the post lunch session of the fourth Test between India and England here. The former Australia fast bowler was stationed at square leg when the ball thrown by Kumar from deep square leg hit him flush on the back of the head and he fell down on the turf. Play was halted for a while as on-field medical attention was administered before the dazed official left the ground to go into the pavilion for further rest and recuperation.

Reiffel was replaced by Marias Erasmus, who was doing the third umpire’s duty indoors and his duties were transferred to reserve official C Shamsuddin sitting inside. The incident happened close to the first hour of play in the second session and drinks were taken ahead of schedule to make up for the stoppage.

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The fortunate part of the incident was just a throw but Rieffel fell to the ground immediately. In contrast, Bruce Oxenford was without any shield for this Test, unlike the limited-over cricket. He rushed towards Rieffel to provide him shade while the England physio and doctors rushed in the middle to provide treatment the umpire basic treatment.

Rieffel looked unconscious and walked back injured with Erasmus taking the charge for the rest of the day. The incident took place in the 49th over minutes before both teams could head for Tea.