Shehzad suffers fractured skull

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Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad suffered a fractured skull after he was hit by a bouncer from Corey Anderson during the second day of the first Test against New Zealand.

Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad suffered a fractured skull after he was hit by a bouncer from Corey Anderson during the second day of the first Test against New Zealand.

The 22-year-old opener scored a career-best 176 on Monday before he was hit by the Anderson delivery in the final over before lunch, but was subsequently out hit wicket when he dropped his bat onto his stumps following the impact.

After he collapsed at the crease, he was helped off the field by team physio Brad Robinson, before being rushed to hospital for a scan which revealed a minor fracture.

"Shehzad's CT scan shows depressed fracture of zygomatic arch of skull, a Pakistan Cricket Board release said.

"The specialist surgeon has confirmed minor fracture and has advised 48 hours of close monitoring. In case the pain doesn't subside than the surgeon may opt for decompression", said team manager Moin Khan.

As a result of fracture, Shehzad has been ruled out of the remainder of the series against Zimbabwe.

To date, no replacement has been named for the opener, although Shan Mahsood has been suggested for a possible call-up.

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