Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

The Sickening Moment Sri Lankan Batsman Goes Down After Helmet Strike

The Sickening Moment Sri Lankan Batsman Goes Down After Helmet Strike

He was released on Saturday night and given the all clear before Sri Lankan officials confirmed he could return to the crease.

Pat Cummins bowled a rising delivery, which Karunaratne was trying to leave but the ball struck him between the back neck and helmet. But Burns played onto his stumps off a ball from Sri Lankan fast bowler Kasun Rajitha, adding eight runs to his overnight score. Karunaratne was structured and hospitalized immediately after the incident.

Cricket Australia said he complained of pain in the neck and tingling to the hands.

He was then taken by ambulance to hospital for further assessment, accompanied by the Sri Lanka team manager, while his father and sister are believed to have travelled in a separate auto.

It would have been an eerie feeling for the Australian team, several of whom were involved in the game where Phillip Hughes was fatally wounded in 2014.

Coach Chandika Hathurusingha said he was "in good spirits" and in "no danger".

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The former Anderlecht star had earlier passed his medicals and also agreed to terms with the Chinese club. "If I am a dreamer, I am a dreamer".


Only 24 hours earlier, Travis Head choked back tears in a post-match interview in which he revealed he had dedicated his maiden Test century to Hughes, his former South Australia teammate.

The time has come, the walrus said, to speak of many things. "I wish him all the best and I hope he's doing alright". He'd put on 82 with Lahiru Thirimanne.

After resuming on 384-4 Australia declared their first innings closed after lunch, with Patterson, in just his second test innings, unbeaten on 114 and captain Tim Paine 45 not out.

"I'm comfortable with how that played out but at the same time I acknowledge not everyone will agree with me". At stumps, Sri Lanka was 123-3, still trailing Australia's first innings of 534-5 declared, by 411 runs.

At the other end Patterson, who earned a debut in Brisbane after hitting 157 and 102 for a Cricket Australia XI in a warm-up against Sri Lanka, reinforced his credentials as an exciting No.6.

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