Neser was 51 not out overnight batting at No.5 for the first time in his first-class career, continuing his red-hot form with the bat. But he did not resume his innings on the morning of day two at Bellerive Oval.
Queensland Cricket released a statement saying Neser had flown home to Brisbane for personal reasons and would not take any further part in the match.
“Queensland Cricket has confirmed that Michael Neser has withdrawn from the Marsh Sheffield Shield game in Hobart and returned to Brisbane for personal reasons,” the statement said. “Under match conditions, he will not be replaced in the match. QC will update his availability for coming matches in due course and requests that Michael’s privacy be respected during this time.”
Under Cricket Australia’s Sheffield Shield playing conditions, players can only be replaced in a match for concussion or international call-ups.
Neser’s withdrawal comes in the midst of a career purple patch with the bat. In his last 10 first-class innings, playing for Glamorgan in the County Championship and Queensland in the Shield dating back to April this year, Neser has scored 785 runs at 87.22 including scores of 90, 86, 123, 176*, 140, 90, and 51. He had also taken 23 wickets at 26.08 in those eight matches including a seven-wicket haul.