Melbourne Stars has confirmed that Sam Harper had suffered a blow to the head while training on Friday, January 5, but was in a stable condition while being taken to the hospital.
Harper had suffered the blow in the nets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with Australian media reporting that the people who saw the incident were visibly shaken and emotional. The training session was immediately called off and Harper won’t take part in the match on Saturday against the Sydney Sixers.
Some of the witnesses also called the incident ‘gruesome’ according to Australian reporter Tom Morris.
The Stars have now issued a statement on their X account, saying that Harper was struck in his head whilst batting the nets and was taken to the hospital in a stable condition.
“Sam Harper was struck in the head whilst batting at training this evening at the MCG and subsequently taken to hospital in a stable condition. We ask that you respect his privacy at this time. The club will provide further updates when they come to hand,” read the statement from the Stars.
Sam Harper’s history of unfortunate incidents
Harper has a history when it comes to such unfortunate incidents. The Stars’ wicketkeeper was once involved in a nasty collision with Nathan Ellis while playing for the Renegades against the Hurricanes in 2020.
Three years before this incident, Harper was struck in the head by Jake Lehmann’s bat while he was wicketkeeping during a Sheffield Shield match. According to reports in the Australian media, this was the ninth such incident that Harper has been involved in his career so far.