WATCH: Travis Dean retires hurt after getting hit in the abdomen by Trent Copeland


Travis Dean retires hurt: The Victorian batsman coped a nasty blow which forced him to leave the field at the SCG.

During the first day of the 19th match of the ongoing Sheffield Shield season between New South Wales and Victoria in Sydney, Victoria opening batsman Travis Dean had to retire hurt after coping a nasty blow in his abdominal region.

It all happened on the second delivery of the ninth over when New South Wales seamer Trent Copeland beat Dean with the ball nipping back into the right-hand batsman.

Hit hard where it hurts the most, Dean immediately sat down in pain. While batsmen tend to resume batting after a brief pause due to such a blow, it wasn’t the case this time as Victoria’s medical decided to take Dean off the field.

Victoria, who had lost opening batsman Marcus Harris (7) in the previous over, sort of lost their second opener in the first session as captain Peter Handscomb walked in to bat at No. 4 after winning the toss and opting to bat first.

While a 90-run partnership between Nic Maddinson and Handscomb (41) provided a rescue act for the visitors, impressive performance from their middle-order saw them finishing the day on 318/5 in 96 overs.

Maddinson’s 24th First-class half-century, 95 (123), with the help of eight fours and two sixes saw him top-scoring for Victoria on Day 1.

It is worth mentioning that Dean (35) came back to bat in the 67th over and was part of a 76-run unbeaten stand alongside Seb Gotch (59). Victoria would be hoping for these batsmen to put a formidable total on the board tomorrow morning.

Travis Dean retires hurt

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