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ICC To Consider Use Of 'concussion Substitutes' Ca Wants Substitute Players To Be Allowed In Domestic.

Australia's Cricket Board is seeking permission to trial the use of substitute players in domestic matches that would allow them to bat and bowl in place of teammates requiring medical attention for possible concussion.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said at a news conference in Melbourne that they expected a response from the world governing body by the end of the month.

Substitutes have been permitted to replace injured or ill players in matches for over 100 years but are not allowed to bat, bowl or act as wicketkeepers, according to the laws of the game.

Sutherland's comments followed the release of a review into the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who was struck in the head by a ball when batting in a domestic match in November 2014.

Sutherland added that he saw concussion substitutes in test matches as a "natural extension" following a possible adoption in domestic matches, and suggested other classes of injury should also be considered in how they are activated.

He said cricket Australia was also encouraging players to adopt the use of stem guards, which are attached across the back of the helmet, but conceded more research was required to prove that they afforded extra protection.