Jos Buttler ‘feared the worst’ after hitting Sri Lankan fielder in warm-up game

first_imgEngland wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler was scared after his powerful pull shot hit Sri Lankan player Pathum Nissanka on the helmet on the second day of the warm-up match against Sri Lankan Board President’s XI on Wednesday.Nissanka was struck at the top of his helmet while he was fielding at short leg. For around 15 minutes of the match, medics from both teams were treating Nissanka on the ground.However, he was then placed on a stretcher while a neck brace was also put in place as he was carried off the ground.Buttler expressed that he “feared the worst” when his shot hit Nissanka on the helmet and he was worried straightaway.”You always fear the worst, I think. I hit it pretty hard and hit him flush so it was a big worry straight away,” Buttler told reporters at the Nondescripts Cricket Club ground.The incident for many revived memories of the on-field injury suffered by Australian batsman Phillip Hughes in 2014 which proved fatal, but Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed Nissanka was out of danger after an MRI scan.Pathum Nissanka, who was playing for the Board XI in the 1st practice game vs England, was hospitalized this evening, after he was hit on the helmet, while fielding at the Short Leg. MRI scan showed that the player is out of danger. Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) October 31, 2018However, the 20-year-old would remain in hospital for 24 hours on observation, SLC added.advertisement”When he went down you are hoping for the best. The doctors and physios ran out and gave great care straight away. You don’t mean to cause injury but it’s a real unfortunate accident,” Buttler added.Earlier on Wednesday, even Ben Stokes got hurt and retired hurt, only to return to bat after the tea break.Stokes was struck near the left elbow as he attempted a pull shot. Stokes continued batting for some time but decided to retire hurt eventually. England had said that Stokes’s elbow was just bruised and he was expected to return to bat, which he did.The two-day practice match between England and Sri Lankan Board President’s XI ended in a draw after 365/7 in 90 overs, following Sri Lankan innings where they declared after scoring 392/9.England next head to Galle, which will host the first match of the three-Test series between the tourists and Sri Lanka from November 6.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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