Veteran Australian opener Chris Rogers has retired hurt just two overs into day four of the second Test after appearing to suffer a bout of dizziness and being unsteady on his feet.
Rogers was struck on the head by England spearhead Jimmy Anderson with the first ball on Friday, when on 158 not out, but was able to play on and complete a career-best 173 in Australia’s first innings, which he described as among the proudest moments of his career.
The 37-year-old, who has previously announced he will retire at the end of this Ashes series, missed the two-Test series of the West Indies in June with concussion symptoms after being hit while batting in the nets on the eve of the first Test.
With just two overs bowled on Sunday, Rogers had been preparing to face Anderson when he walked off the wicket and waved at the famous Lord’s pavilion to get the attention of the Australian dressing room.
After a short conversion, fellow opener David Warner also waved to the dressing room which summoned team doctor Peter Brukner and physio Alex Kountouris, who brought out some water.
Rogers sat on his haunches and talked with the trio while looking a little worse for wear.
Following the brief assessment, he retired hurt on 49 and walked unassisted from the Lord’s field for further assessment.
Rogers, who was also hit in the head during a Sheffield Shield game while fielding at short leg last year, admitted in the lead-up to the Ashes he was concerned about the symptoms he experienced in the Caribbean.
“I’ve been hit in the head plenty of times and never really had that,” he said.
“We do have to be a little bit concerned about it.
“You have to look after yourself with head injuries.”
When Rogers was ruled out of the West Indies Tests, Dr Brukner said Australian cricket would no longer take any chances with concussions.
“This is a black and white rule now,” the doctor said.
“If someone is concussed they don’t play.
“We used to believe concussion was a relatively insignificant condition and I think now all the evidence shows that we’ve got to take it much more seriously.
“Cricket Australia is similar to the football codes in that we are adopting that more serious approach.”