Karunaratne expresses gratitude after being discharged from hospital

Dimuth Karunaratne was given the all-clear following hospital tests after he took a nasty blow on the neck.

Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne   -  Getty Images

Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne has expressed his gratitude for the treatment he received after he was struck on the neck by a Pat Cummins bouncer in the second Test against Australia.

Karunaratne was released from hospital on Saturday, but will under a concussion Test ahead of day three in Canberra.

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The opening batsman was floored by a 142kph delivery from Australia quick Cummins and received prolonged medical treatment before being taken off on a stretcher and to hospital to be assessed.

Karunaratne was given the all-clear following tests and the 30-year-old tweeted his gratitude later in the day.

"To all at @CricketAus #Canberrahospital, to Dr.Asanka and to all who were there when I received a blow !!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for looking after my well-being Cheers," Karunaratne posted.

"My Cricketing battle starts all over again tomorrow.. #AUSvSL"

Cricket Sri Lanka said in a statement: "Opener Dimuth Karunaratne has been released from the hospital, as investigations have shown that the 'results are normal'.

"Karunaratne, however, will have to undergo a concussion test tomorrow morning; before making a decision on his availability for the rest of the match."

Karunaratne was unbeaten on 46 when he retired hurt and the tourists will resume on Sunday in big trouble with a lot of work to do on 123-3 in reply to 534-5.

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