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Buttler feared ‘worst’ after hitting fielder on the head

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Jos Buttler is with the England team currently touring Sri Lanka. (AFP pic)

COLOMBO: England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler said he “feared the worst” after his shot hit short-leg fielder Pathum Nissanka on the head in their drawn tour match against a Sri Lanka Board President’s XI on Wednesday.

Nissanka took evasive action but could not avoid being struck on the helmet by Buttler’s powerful pull shot and required treatment on the field before being carried off on a stretcher to a hospital in Colombo.

“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 on the second day of the two-day clash 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.

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