Michael Vaughan, the former English cricketer, has called for an injury replacement rule in the Test matches after Lockie Ferguson had to walk off the field courtesy a calf-strain during the 1st Test match between New Zealand and Australia at Perth. Vaughan feels that it is high time for ICC to pay heed towards this issue.
Under the laws of the game, in the five-day format, the teams are allowed a concussion substitute during play, but this isn’t applied for injury cases and Vaughan feels the same rules should be brought in immediately to avoid such situations like New Zealand is going through in Perth.
“You’ve got to look at what’s the best product for Test match cricket. If someone gets hit on the head, he is substituted. “Have an independent doctor on-site, clearly (Ferguson) has a got a rip in his calf, can’t bowl, can’t take place in the game. What’s the best thing for the Test match game? It’s to make sure it’s 11 playings 11, New Zealand now plays 10 versus 11.”
Vaughan signed off by saying, “If a batsman breaks his hand first ball of the Test match, of course, I believe the team should have a replacement. If an independent doctor assesses the player and finds the injury is a real injury.”