JOS BUTTLER admitted he “feared the worst” after whacking the ball into the top of a Sri Lankan brief leg fielder.
England vice-captain Buttler and his accomplice Joe Root watched with horror as Pathum Nissanka was handled on the pitch for 15 minutes.
Nissanka was tended by England physician Moiz Moghal, physio Craig de Weymarn and therapeutic massage therapist Mark Saxby in addition to two medics from the house group.
An MRI scan revealed there was no inner bleeding however Nissanka spent the evening in hospital underneath commentary.
Buttler mentioned: “Any time somebody will get hit on the helmet is kind of worrying. I hit the ball fairly arduous and straightaway you might be apprehensive.
“You at all times concern the worst, I feel. It hit him very arduous and straight in the midst of the helmet. In a method it’s upsetting, you might be simply apprehensive.
“After all, you don’t imply to trigger harm or something, it was only a actually unlucky incident. Fielding at brief leg is at all times a thankless place.
“We’ve an excellent physician and physio right here, they rushed straight on to the sphere and did a great job. I’m very happy to listen to he’s okay.”
Buttler performed a ferocious pull shot after off-spinner Nishan Peiris despatched down an extended hop. It was a sickening blow.
Finally, Nissanka was carried from the sphere strapped to a stretcher together with his head supported by a brace. He retained consciousness all through and was taken to hospital.
A footnote to the incident was that Buttler was out caught for 44 as a result of the ball ricocheted from Nissanka’s helmet into the fingers of leg slip.
The legal guidelines had been modified final yr – batsmen can now be caught off the helmet.
No fielders had been positioned near the bat after the incident.
Sri Lanka Board XI coach Avishka Gunawardene mentioned: “For the time being, Pathum is steady and aware.
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“He is having an MRI scan to make sure there is no bleeding and that everything is okay.”
Although Buttler was dismissed, Root went on to England’s first century of the winter and batted with a confidence, skill and timing on a different level to his team-mates.
It was good to see the captain in such fine form with the First Test starting in Galle on Tuesday.
As soon as Root reached his century with a leg glance for four, he retired to give others an opportunity. No batsman reached three figures during the one-day leg of the tour.
England finished their batting day of the two-day match with 365-7, one of which was Root’s retirement.
On Tuesday, the Sri Lanka Board XI scored 392-9. England play another two-day game tomorrow.
Buttler added: “Joe is always in good form, he’s one of the best batsmen in the world. His consistency is fantastic and it’s great for him to show good form again.”
Ben Stokes, who retired hurt with bruising on his upper left arm after being struck by a short ball, resumed his innings before being dismissed for 31.
Earlier, Rory Burns looked the most impressive of England’s new-look top three with an accomplished innings of 47 before being run out.
Keaton Jennings dragged a ball on to his stumps for 13 while Joe Denly, batting at No3, had several narrow escapes before being bowled for 25.
Moeen Ali helped himself to a half-century and the day finished with Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes having some practice in the middle.
Jonny Bairstow performed some gentle wicketkeeping drills for the first time since damaging ligaments in his right ankle 12 days ago. He remains a doubt for the First Test on November 6.