A frightening injury to Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne overshadowed other events on the field on the second day of the second Test against Australia on Saturday.
Karunaratne was hit by a bouncing delivery on his helmet and was taken off the field at Manuka Oval on a motorized stretcher. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
Karunaratne crumpled to the ground after ducking into a Pat Cummins bouncer which rocketed into the back of his helmet after the tea break.
The 30-year-old Karunaratne retired hurt on 46 and play was delayed for close to 15 minutes while medical officials from both teams attended to the batsman.
Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha later had good news about Karunaratne’s condition after Cricket Australia said in a statement that the batsmen complained of pain in his neck and tingling in his fingers.
‘He’s in the hospital at the moment and in good spirit,’ Hathurusingha told reporters. ‘He’s been assessed and no danger at the moment. He was talking to us before leaving (for hospital) as well.
‘It was a bit scary the way he fell back initially. But he was okay, was talking throughout to the umpires and the physio.’
Cummins was relieved to hear that Karunaratne seemed to be recovering.
‘Obviously it’s never a nice feeling seeing someone go down like that,’ Cummins told Fox Cricket.