CRICKET: John Anderson misses third Ireland game against Afghanistan

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White PressEye'Cricket: ODI Series Match 2'Teams: Ireland (green) v Afghanistan (blue)'Venue: Stormont, Belfast'Date: 12th July 2016'Caption: John Anderson, Ireland
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White PressEye'Cricket: ODI Series Match 2'Teams: Ireland (green) v Afghanistan (blue)'Venue: Stormont, Belfast'Date: 12th July 2016'Caption: John Anderson, Ireland

John Anderson has been ruled out of the third ODI against Afghanistan on Thursday as he undertakes a return to play protocol after suffering a blow to the head while batting in Tuesday’s second ODI.

Anderson scored 26 batting at three in his sixth ODI appearance for Ireland as Afghanistan beat their hosts by 39-runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

The Leinster Lightning captain was struck on the helmet by a Shapoor Zadran bouncer in the 30th over of the game, and has since shown symptoms of a concussion, meaning he will not be available for at least the third match in the series on today.

Before being available for selection again, Anderson must complete a return to play protocol

Anderson will remain part of the squad in Belfast during his recovery.

Play in the fourth ODI gets under way at Stormont at 10:45am.