Female cricketer hospitalised after terrifying on-field mishap

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Achini Kulasuriya was taken to hospital on Sunday after a frightening mishap in the World T20 practice match between Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Kulasuriya was struck on the head while attempting to take a catch at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide.

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The Sri Lankan bowler was hit flush on the top of the head after the ball fell straight through her hands when Chloe Tryon skied the ball to long-off.

Kulasuriya lay stricken on the outfield as trainers and teammates rushed to her aid, with ambulance officers coming onto the field to check on her.

Achini Kulasuriya was taken from the field on a stretcher. (Photo by Mark Brake-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

She was then placed on a stretcher and taken from the field to a waiting ambulance.

She was transferred to Royal Adelaide Hospital but later cleared of any serious injuries and discharged.

Sri Lanka lost the match by 41 runs and will next face England in another warm-up clash, before their opening match of the T20 World Cup against New Zealand in Perth on February 22.

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Spinner Jess Jonassen admits Saturday's washed-out warm-up game between Australia and West Indies stings a side hoping to lap up all the hype around the event.

The off-spinner ripped through the Indian middle and lower order, taking 5-12 to seal Australia's tight win in Wednesday's decider against India.

The host nation was scheduled to play the West Indies at Brisbane's Allan Border Field on Saturday, but heavy rain all week meant it was called off on Friday night.

The Australians will travel to Adelaide on Sunday before a final warm-up against South Africa ahead of their tournament opener, against India, on February 21 in Sydney.

The final is slated for March 8, capping a brisk six-game journey if the Australians do progress to the decider.

Achini Kulasuriya was injured after being struck on the head. Image: Getty

Jonassen said they weren't looking for a rest before the real thing begins.

"Being a Brisbane local it would've been nice to get out on my home ground," she said.

"Everyone's champing at the bit to get on the park, even though we've had the tri-series.

"You can tell now we're in tournament phase, everything's ramped up and it's incredibly exciting.

"There's so much hype around and every opportunity we get to get on the park, we'd be jumping."

Jonassen was all class against India earlier in the week but said she wouldn't take that for granted ahead of the World Cup.

"It was a nice game the other day, but T20 cricket can be pretty fickle," she said.

"One day you could be on top of the world and next be brought back right down to earth.

"But I do feel like I've got some good rhythm with the ball and hopefully that can continue."

with AAP