Sydney (Agencies): Australian paceman Joe Mennie suffered a ‘minor brain bleed’ and fractured skull after a ball hit his head during training, Cricket Australia (CA).

Mennie was bowling at a nets session with his Twenty20 Big Bash League team the Sydney Sixers in Brisbane on Monday when a ball struck the side of his head. The 28-year-old was struck by a ball hit by Sixers team-mate Michael Lumb ahead of their Big Bash semi-final against Brisbane Heats.

CA chief medical officer John Orchard said Mennie was initially discharged from hospital that night but follow-up scans the next day revealed his injures were worse than first thought.