Rory Burns forced off after taking blow to back while fielding against Sri Lanka

England opener Rory Burns was forced off after taking a blow to his upper back while fielding at short leg on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Burns was fielding close in on the leg side to Sri Lanka batsman Niroshan Dickwella who swept hard and struck him just below the helmet.

The Surrey player, who is appearing in his debut Test match as England seek a long-term successor to Alastair Cook, laid flat on his back in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

Medical staff rushed to the middle to treat him and the players took a slightly early tea as Burns was assisted back to the dressing room.

However, he did not re-appear after tea as Sri Lanka resumed their innings on 136-6 in response to England’s 342 all out.

Burns was responsive and smiling as he walked back to the pavilion, however, and seems likely to open the batting with Keaton Jennings when England take to the crease for their second innings.

Surrey skipper Burns has been rewarded for his stellar form in the county championship with a long-awaited England call-up at the age of 28.

He was the top scorer in the county game in 2018, racking up 1,359 runs across the course of the first-class season as Surrey won the title.

Burns scored just nine in his first Test innings, however, as he was caught by Dickwella off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal off his 12th delivery.

Keaton Jennings replaced Burns under the helmet at short leg after tea and was involved straight away, taking a catch off the bowling of Moeen Ali with the first ball after the interval to dismiss Angelo Mathews for 52.

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