Australia players ‘shaken up’ by Morgan injury


Australia captain Steve says there were few players in his team that were a bit shaken up when Eoin Morgan was struck on the helmet by a ball from Mitchell Starc that saw the England skipper retire hurt in the fifth ODI in Manchester.

Morgan was felled by a bouncer from the Starc in the sixth over and looked groggy as he left the field with the physio and took no further part in the match.

The incident comes barely nine months after Australia batsman Phillip Hughes was hit in the head by a bouncer in a first-class match at the SCG and lost his life in hospital a few days later.

Smith said left-arm paceman Starc was particularly shaken up as he was involved in the match in which led to Hughes' death.

Speaking after the game, Smith said: "There were a couple of guys who were a bit shaken up, Starc in particular. Obviously it was a tough summer for us back home, losing a close mate, and it's always nasty when you get a glance like that.

"There were a few guys shaken up and hopefully Eoin is okay. I don't think anyone ever means to do anything like that, it's part of the game bowling bouncers, so you have to get back on the ship as quickly as possible.

"You still have a job to do out in the middle and you have to take it out of your mind as quickly as possible but you never like seeing anyone get hit like that for sure."

Australia went on to win the match by eight wickets to clinch a three-two victory in the five-match series.