England debutant Rory Burns escapes serious injury after being struck by the ball in the back at point-blank range
- LIVE SCORECARD: England take control of first Test against Sri Lanka
- Rory Burns left needing lengthy treatment after taking a heavy blow to the back
- Burns was standing at short leg when a shot from Niroshan Dickwella hit him
- He was deemed fit enough to return to the crease for England’s second innings
Rory Burns escaped a potentially serious injury after he was struck from close range by a sweep from Sri Lanka batsman Niroshan Dickwella.
In the final over before tea on the second day of the first Test, Dickwella fired a shot off Moeen Ali towards Burns, who was fielding at short leg.
Burns reacted quickly and attempted to dive out of the way. The ball missed his helmet but struck him on the top of the back just below the neck. He went down in apparent agony to the concern of his team-mates.
Rory Burns was hurt by the last ball before tea in Galle after being struck on the back
The England opener was hurt by a sweep from Niroshan Dickwella while fielding at short leg
Umpires made the decision to call an early tea as physios treated the Surrey captain close to the crease, but he was eventually able to walk off the field unaided and was back out to open the batting alongside Keaton Jennings in England’s second innings.
The loss of Burns would have proved troublesome for England on a day where they unexpectedly took control of the opening Test in Galle. The hosts were bowled out for 203 to give England a 143-run lead heading into the second innings.
Moeen Ali proved England’s linchpin, taking four wickets for just 66 runs. Fellow spinners Jack Leach and Adil Rashid took two wickets a piece as England found plenty of turn on a deteriorating crease.
England physios treat Bruns on the field of play while his team-mates headed in for tea
Physios were seen testing out Burns for potential neck injuries but he escaped serious harm
Burns will be hoping to improve on his disappointing first innings in which he scored just nine runs. Out of England’s top order, only Jennings managed anything like a decent total as they fell to a concerning 103-5.
Their blushes were spared by Burns’s Surrey team-mate and fellow England debutant Ben Foakes, who completed his century on Wednesday morning before putting in an impressive display as wicket keeper.
He made the crucial breakthrough in Sri Lanka’s batting order when he stumped their captain Dinesh Chandimal just as he looked set to salvage their innings. Rashid spun a leg-break sharply past his outside edge when Foakes, whipped off the bails.
Burns was treated on the field by the England medical staff but was well enough to walk off
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