Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne given 'all clear' after blow to neck

Sport360 staff 18:05 02/02/2019
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Dimuth Karunaratne after being struck by a delivery from Pat Cummins.

Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne has been discharged from hospital following a blow to the head he received during the second Test in Canberra.

Karunaratne was taken to hospital for checks after being hit on the back of the neck by a bouncer from Australia paceman Pat Cummins during day two of the second Test.

“Dimuth has been discharged from Canberra hospital following assessment and all cleared. A further update will be provided on his playing status tomorrow prior to play,” the Sri Lankan board said in a statement.

Australia made 534-5 declared, Kurtis Patterson having been the third Australian batsman to make a century.

During Sri Lanka’s innings, in the fourth ball of the 31st over, Karunaratne was struck on the back of the helmet near the neck protector by a bouncer from Cummins which angled in from around the wicket.

Karunaratne, who had made 46 with five boundaries, received swift medical attention as he lay at the crease, including from Australia team doctor Richard Saw, before a stretcher was called to take him off the field. The batsman was shown speaking and moving his hands. The 30-year-old, complained of pain in neck and tingling to his hands, was taken to hospital for further assessment.

With inputs from Press Association Sport

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