Sri Lankan cricketer Kaushal Silva suffers blow to the head, hospitalised

Del6438643 Kaushal Silva | AFP (File photo)

Sri Lanka's test opener Kaushal Silva has been taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a cricket ball while fielding in a domestic match.

Sri Lanka cricket body said Silva was struck on Sunday during a match in Pallekele. His scans were clear, but he was flown to a hospital in the capital Colombo for further tests and observation.

Sri Lanka Vice Captain Dinesh Chandimal said the ball hit Silva's head although he made an attempt to evade it, according to media reports. He was wearing a helmet which had additional padding as he was fielding at short leg. His teammates felt that the injury would have been grievous had he not been wearing the helmet with the additional protection padding.

He was dazed for sometime after he was hit by the ball and showed symptoms of concussion.

Silva has played 24 test matches for Sri Lanka and scored 1,404 runs at an average of 31.

The match was part of Sri Lanka's preparations for its tour of England next month.

(With agency inputs)

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