Australia’s Moises Henriques has a suspected broken jaw after being knocked unconscious in a sickening fielding collision with a Surrey team-mate while attempting a catch during an English county Twenty20 match.
Henriques and Rory Burns clashed as they went for a chance against Sussex at Arundel on England’s south coast on Sunday.
The match was later abandoned, with home side Sussex seven for 141 in the 19th over.
However, both Burns and Henriques were said to have left the ground “conscious and sitting up”.
All-rounder Henriques suffered a suspected broken jaw after he was struck by Burns’s knee.
Both players needed oxygen treatment and three ambulances were called onto the outfield before the pair, who each gave a thumbs-up sign to concerned spectators, were taken to St Richard’s Hospital in nearby Chichester for further assessment.
Sussex physiotherapist John Marrale, one of the first to attend to the stricken duo, said: “Both were unconscious after the collision. Henriques was caught by Burns’ knee and Burns had lacerations on the top of his head and below his eye.
“They were given oxygen and pain relief was administered by an intravenous drip before they went to hospital.”
He added: “Fortunately they were sitting up when they left the ground but it was a sickening incident.”
The 28-year-old Henriques has represented Australia in all three international formats, most recently in a one-dayer against England at Hobart in January.