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Injured Sam Harper ruled out of BBL clash

By AAP Newswire

The Melbourne Renegades are taking no chances with concussed wicketkeeper Sam Harper, ruling him out of their BBL clash with the Sydney Sixers.

The top-order batsman has been replaced in the Renegades' squad for Saturday's game at the SCG by uncapped wicketkeeper Brayden Stepien.

The 23-year-old collided heavily while batting on Tuesday night and became the first player subbed out of a BBL match during the Renegades' thrilling loss to Hobart.

Harper, who also suffered a serious concussion during a Sheffield Shield game in 2017, had a brief stay in hospital after toppling over Hurricanes bowler Nathan Ellis.

He underwent tests and was released on Wednesday morning.

With the Renegades out of finals contention, it is expected he will also miss Monday's match against Brisbane at the MCG.

Cricket Victoria will keep a cautious eye on Harper's progress after he struggled for months following an incident three years ago.

Harper was keeping up to the stumps for Victoria in February 2017 when the bat of Jake Lehmann smashed the side of his head.

The incident left him in serious pain for an extended period, but he returned the following season.

In a double blow for the battling defending champions, veteran Shaun Marsh will miss the remaining two games with a hamstring injury.

But the Renegades regain captain Aaron Finch and star quick Kane Richardson back against the Sixers after returning from Australian duties.

Former Australian Test opener Marcus Harris has been dropped after scoring gillies119 runs at an average of 13.2 this season.

Stepien has been rewarded for some excellent form playing for Carlton in Victorian Premier Cricket.