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had suffered a blow to the helmet in the last over of Day Three, off a Bumrah bouncer. @ Twitter/West Indies Cricket

West Indies on Monday drafted Jermaine Blackwood into their playing XI for the remainder of the second Test against India as a concussion substitute for Darren Bravo.

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Bravo retired hurt on 23 on the morning of Day Four having driven Jasprit Bumrah to the covers in the fourth over of the day. He had suffered a blow to the helmet in the last over of Day Three, off a Bumrah bouncer. The ball had struck the right side of his helmet which sent his stem guards (that protect a batsman’s neck area) flying. Before retiring hurt, he faced two more balls on the third evening, and a further ten balls on Monday morning.

According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, a medical examination confirmed a concussion, and match referee David Boon gave his approval for Blackwood to come into the game as a substitute.

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A Cricket West Indies (CWI) spokesperson said Bravo had undergone a concussion test after the end of the third day’s play, and passed it.

Meanwhile, Blackwood isn’t part of West Indies’ squad, but is a local from Jamaica and had earlier fielded as a substitute during the match. His last Test appearance was in Bulawayo in October-November 2017. He becomes the second concussion substitute in men’s Test cricket after the Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne, who was substituted after Steve Smith suffered a sickening blow to the head in the second Ashes 2019 Test at Lord’s last month.