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Voges concussed but WA fight back at WACA

AAP logoAAP 16/11/2016 By Justin Chadwick

Western Australia batsman Ashton Turner witnessed his captain suffer a horrific head knock before peeling off a maiden Sheffield Shield century in the clash with Tasmania at the WACA Ground.

WA's first innings finished at 9-262, with Voges forced to retire hurt on 16 after being concussed by a Cameron Stevenson bouncer.

The Warriors were 4-40 at one stage, but Turner's 110 off 144 balls helped steer WA to a competitive score.

In reply, Tasmania were 2-60 at stumps, trailing by 202.

Jordan Silk and Ben Dunk were the batsman to fall.

WA were dealt a huge blow before play even started when star duo Ashton Agar (calf) and Mitch Marsh (shoulder) were ruled out.

Opener Cameron Bancroft's hopes of pushing his case for a Test debut were dashed when he was dismissed for just two.

And WA were four wickets down in a blink of an eye as the top order folded.

Turner's innings could have been over on one had Ben Dunk held on to a spectacular one-handed chance at gully.

That missed chance proved costly as Turner peeled off 16 fours and two sixes to bring up his century.

Voges entered the match needing a big score to save his Test career.

And he dug in deep early, helping to steady the ship after the early onslaught.

But his game was brought to a premature end when he unsuccessfully tried to evade a rising delivery from Stevenson.

It was the second serious concussion Voges has suffered in the past six months, and the 37-year-old faces an uphill battle to stay in the Test picture.

Voges is almost certain to miss the rest of the Shield match.

Tigers paceman Jackson Bird, who aims to earn a call-up for the day-night Test against South Africa in Adelaide, finished with 2-60 from 18 overs.

"It's pretty sickening really," Turner said of the moment Voges got struck.

"You don't like seeing anyone get hit in the head, especially after the last few years.

"It's really unfortunate it happened. He was in such good nick as well. It looked like his feet were dancing out there.

"It's just one of those freak accidents. He's fine now though, as fine as you could hope he could be after copping a blow like that.

"To be able to sit and have a drink with him inside, it's better than we would expect.

"He feels like he's got the worst hangover in his life at the moment."

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