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Published on 21 Jun 2013 | over 3 years ago

Searing bouncer hits the helmet and the ball gets wedged in the helmet, painful stuff. Scorecard- www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65648.html REPORT- Zimbabwe's forgettable one-day tour went from bad to worse when opening batsman Mark Vermeulen was ruled out of cricket for three months with a fractured skull. Vermeulen was taken to hospital with a depressed fracture after top-edging a hook shot off an Irfan Pathan bouncer into his forehead in Zimbabwe's 24-run loss to India in their day-nighter at the Gabba. It is not the first time Vermeulen has suffered such an injury. He was hit above the left eye when training in the nets during last year's World Cup. Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak said the injury was not only a major blow but cost his team a chance at victory after peeling off 103 runs in their last 12 overs to need 24 from the final three overs. "It's just really sad. We've already lost Craig Wishart, and to lose Mark is a big blow to Zimbabwe cricket," he said. "If he was able to come back who knows what the result might have been?" The 24-year-old was wearing a new-style helmet but the ball travelled between the visor and peak - and wedged there - leaving him bloodied and bruised. Vermeulen will require reconstructive surgery and is expected to stay in Brisbane for the rest of the week. He was on 14 at the time and was forced to retire hurt immediately.

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