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Khawaja keen supporter of concussion sub

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Rob Forsaith

Usman Khawaja wants Cricket Australia's new concussion substitute rule introduced at international level, saying players should have no choice but to come off if a doctor has concerns.

CA changed its rules for the Big Bash League and domestic one-day competition earlier this year, as per a recommendation from the independent review into the death of Phillip Hughes.

The new law permits a team to replace a player who has received a knock to the head.

It came into play for the first time on Friday night, when NSW opener Daniel Hughes retired hurt after being struck on the helmet by a Peter Siddle bouncer.

The change will not be adopted in Sheffield Shield games as the International Cricket Council was unwilling to approve its use in first-class matches, but Khawaja hopes the ICC will reconsider.

"It's a sensible rule, so yeah I would like to see it introduced (at international level)," Khawaja said.

"But obviously there's a lot of factors that go into it and I'm sure they'll make those decisions.

"It's good that it's taken out of the players' hands because the players don't want to leave and sometimes it can be dangerous.

"As players we'll never (want to) get off ... especially when you're batting."

The new law means teams are no longer forced to bat with 10 men if one of their players trudges off after a knock to the head.

Khawaja felt there was an argument for using a substitute in case of other serious injuries.

"Maybe down the track it should be .. what serious is I don't know," he said.

Daniel Hughes underwent further concussion tests on Saturday and remains in doubt for Sunday's one-day cup final.

"It's probably looking unlikely ... but he got up pretty quickly and was able to push on and walk off the field without too much assistance," NSW skipper Moises Henriques said on Saturday.

Henriques welcomed the change in policy, which Cricket Australia doctor John Orchard had been advocating for long before Phillip Hughes was struck at the SCG in 2014.

"It's great to not risk someone's safety and be able to replace that person," Henriques said.

"It's a great rule.

"It's definitely a rule that I don't think can be taken for granted by teams and coaches in the spirit of trying to win."

Siddle was visibly distressed after the incident.

"He was definitely rattled .. it's not a nice situation after what everyone's been through," Victoria skipper Matthew Wade said.

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