Australian allrounder Moises Henriques has broken his jaw in a sickening fielding collision with a Surrey teammate while attempting a catch during an English county Twenty20 match.
Henriques and Rory Burns clashed as they converged on the skied ball in the match against Sussex at Arundel on England’s south coast on Sunday.
The match was later abandoned, with home side Sussex 7-141 in the 19th over.
After both were knocked unconscious in the collision, Burns and Henriques were said to have left the ground “conscious and sitting up”.
It was later confirmed by Surrey that Henriques had broken his jaw after being struck by Burns’s knee.
“Moises has broken his jaw in three places and is waiting to have an operation..dental surgery will follow…” said the tweet from Surrey Cricket.
“Rory and Moises are both in good spirits in hospital..Rory is waiting to have stitches on head and facial injuries..”
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 accident evokes memories of Steve Waugh and Jason Gillespie’s collision while fielding in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Kandy in 1999 when Waugh broke his nose and Gillespie his leg.
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.