Sydney Sixers all-rounder Ash Gardner suffers seventh concussion of professional career

Ash Gardner’s unfortunate history with concussion has continued, with the Sydney Sixers all-rounder ruled out of Sunday morning’s WBBL match against the Adelaide Strikers.

After diving to stop a boundary at Drummoyne Oval, Gardner was taken off the field to be assessed for concussion and replaced by wicketkeeper Maddy Darke.

The Sixers later revealed an on-field doctor had ruled the 23-year-old out for the remainder of the match.

This was the seventh concussion incident of Gardner’s professional career.

Ellyse Perry’s side struggled to complete the run chase without their No. 3 batter, falling 15 runs short of the modest 120-run target. It was the Sixers’ fourth consecutive WBBL defeat.

“Ash is a matchwinner in her own right, and it genuinely hurts the battling line-up when she’s out,” Sixers teammate Dane van Niekerk said after the match.

“Having said that, we have quality a batting line-up and what we have in the team we should have chased that down.

“She’s not 100 per cent and she’s going to have some tests done, and hopefully she can play next game.”

Ashleigh Gardner of the Sixers sits with her teammates.Source:Getty Images

After suffering four concussions in the space of 20 months, Gardner consulted a neuropsychologist in 2018.

“It was quite a confronting thing because she said to me, ‘Do you want to keep playing?’ and things like that,” Gardner said earlier this year.

“I thought she was pretty silly asking me that because I was only 21 at the time.

“She reassured me that what I was doing was OK … thankfully I haven’t had too many bad concussions.”

The Sixers are scheduled to play four games over the next seven days, and it is unknown whether Gardner will recover in time for the must-win fixtures.

Currently sitting in fifth spot on the WBBL ladder, the Sixers have four games remaining in the group stage. Their next fixture is against the Brisbane Heat at Sydney Showground on Tuesday afternoon.

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