Injured Samuels in doubt for ODI series
MARLON Samuels' eye socket injury is so severe he has been ordered to refrain from moving lest he do permanent damage, and he is highly unlikely to play in the West Indies' one-day series against Australia next month.
Samuels is still holed up in his hotel room with swelling and bruising around his eye after edging a ball from Lasith Malinga through the grill of his helmet into his face on Sunday night. It's understood he will miss the remainder of the Melbourne Renegades' Big Bash campaign and has been told he cannot fly for a month.
The West Indies' five-match one-day begins in Perth on February 1, placing the all-rounder in grave doubt for the whole Australian summer. He has been warned that he should stay still for fear of bursting a blood vessel, but the full extent of his injury still has not been determined because of the swelling.
Whether or not the eye socket is fractured, Samuels is in a bad way and faces two disciplinary charges for his part in the feud that broke out during the Melbourne BBL derby, during which he grabbed Stars batsman David Hussey to block him from taking a second run and threw his bat after being struck on the body by a throw from Shane Warne.
Samuels has been charged with engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player, and unbecoming behaviour.
The Renegades have replaced Samuels with English opening batsman Alex Hales, who will join the team for the final home-and-away clash against the Sixers at the SCG on Wednesday night.
"It's extremely disappointing to lose Marlon in these circumstances and we wish him all the best for a speedy recovery," coach Simon Helmot said.
"He'll be devoting his energies to getting himself right again before returning home to Jamaica. The team is now focusing on our Sydney road trip and Alex will be a big part of that as we continue preparations for the business end of the season. He's just turned 24 but he's already an accomplished T20 batsman who has taken apart international attacks all over the world."