Pathum Nissanka suffers sickening head injury during England warm-up game

Jos Buttler was full of concern for Sri Lankan fielder Pathum Nissanka who took a nasty blow to the head at short leg.

It is the most dangerous of fielding positions because you are stood so close to the batsman and they can often connect with powerful strokes in your direction.

And that is exactly what happened when Buttler attempted a pull at a short ball from Nishan Peiris and connected with huge force during England’s warm-up game with a Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.

Nissanka ducked down as most short leg fielders do, but the ball cannoned straight into his head, protected by a helmet and he fell to the ground in a heap.

Medics from both teams rushed to his side as Buttler and fellow batsman Joe Root watched on as he received treatment.

England doctor Moiz Moghal appeared to lead the medical response with phyiso Craig de Weymarn and fellow support staff Phil Scott and Mark Saxby also in attendance.

20-year-old Nissanka remained conscious and was seen to be moving as they placed him on a stretcher and carried him off the field with the rest of the players also making their way off for an early tea.

With Nissanka taken to hospital the game continued after the break with Moeen Ali joining Root in the middle since Buttler was actually dismissed during the incident.

The ball had actually ballooned off Nissanka’s helmet and was caught by Angelo Mathews at leg slip to bring an end to an otherwise composed and positive innings.

Buttler had originally arrived at the crease as the result of another injury, this time to Ben Stokes who retired hurt thanks to a sore arm.

Stokes was pinned on the left arm by fast bowler Lahiru Kumara as he attempted his own pull shot and after a delayed moment found that it was too sore for him to continue batting.

The England all rounder had looked in fine touch in getting to 10, but he required some ice treatment and manipulation on the bruised arm before he returned to continue his innings once Root had retired.

Root scored 101 chanceless runs before leaving the field confident that he had spent enough time in the middle to be ready for the first Test that begins in a week.

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