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Pathum Nissanka: 'I feared the worst when my shot struck his head,' says Jos Buttler
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Pathum Nissanka: ‘I feared the worst when my shot struck his head,’ says Jos Buttler


Jos Buttler’s shot struck Pathum Nissanka (bottom) on the fielder’s helmet

England’s Jos Buttler said he “feared the worst” when his shot struck Sri Lankan fielder Pathum Nissanka on the head, resulting in hospital treatment.

The incident occurred on the final day of England’s drawn match against a Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.

“You’re just worried, and that is the nature of it,” said the 28-year-old, who was given out when the ball looped off the helmet and to Angelo Mathews.

“Short leg is a thankless position to field. Let’s hope he’s not badly hurt.”

Nissanka, 20, received treatment from England’s medical staff for about 15 minutes before he was taken off on a stretcher, with the players taking an early tea.

England Cricket tweeted