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Karunaratne given all clear by hospital, could bat on Day 3

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2nd February, 2019
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Sri Lankan batsman Dimuth Karunaratne might be free to return to the crease as soon as Sunday against Australia in the second Test after being released from hospital in Canberra.

Karunaratne was forced to retire hurt on Saturday while unbeaten on 46 after ducking into a short ball from Pat Cummins and copping a brutal blow to the neck.

The Sri Lankan opener maintained consciousness after the bouncer glanced his shoulder and struck his neck, however he immediately reported pain at the impact point and a tingling feeling in his hands.

Play was stopped for almost 15 minutes as Karunaratne was put on a stretcher and taken from the field in a motorised buggy before being taken to Canberra Hospital by ambulance.

However he was released later on Saturday night and given the all-clear, potentially paving the way for him to return to the wicket on day three of the final Test.

His return would be crucial, given Sri Lanka were 0-82 at the time but ended the day at 3-123 in reply to Australia’s 5(dec)-534.

© AAP