Australia vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Karunaratne in no danger after being hit by Cummins bouncer

He was later cleared of injury and discharged on Saturday night, though it's unclear if he will be fit to play out the game.

A day after Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne was sent to hospital by a bouncer, teammate Kusal Perera has retired hurt after he experienced delayed symptoms from a heavy hit to the helmet.

Australia´s Travis Head plays a shot during day three of the second Test cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval Cricket Ground in Canberra on February 3, 2019.

Perera ducked into a ball from Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson and received treatment on the field, with play stopping for several minutes. He had an intriguing battle with Nathan Lyon, who nearly had him caught sweeping, on the midwicket boundary, where Joe Burns took the catch and flung the balls back infield, but was shown to have touched the rope with his feet (though in any case, the relay catch was not complete by a team-mate).

The good news for Sri Lanka is that opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne has been cleared of any medical damage and will be available to bat when required.

Pat Cummins finished with three for 15.

Australia have now played their last Test before the Ashes opener on August 1 at Edgbaston, with between 16 and 20 players in the mix by Paine's reckoning.

"Obviously it's never a nice feeling seeing someone go down like that", Cummins told Fox Cricket.

There was plenty of concern among Australia's players after a grim reminder of Phil Hughes' death in 2014. "I wish him all the best and hopefully he's doing alright".

Niroshan Dickwella, promoted to number four from his usual six, was building a handy partnership before Thirimanne was removed by Cummins for 30.

After a tough series against India, Australia have bounced back in a resounding manner against Sri Lanka and this has infused a sense of confidence in the camp.

The fast bowler outclassed Sri Lanka's batsmen who were bowled out for 149 after making just 215 first time around.

Sri Lanka's lack of quality, however, will be a factor in how selectors assess that form with competition for places now strong.

Like Burns, who was also brought into the team for this series, Patterson is now well placed to book a seat on the plane to England for the Ashes.

Australia, who lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning the opener by an innings and 40 runs at Brisbane last week, are on course to claim their first series since a 4-0 Ashes victory over England previous year.

The Sri Lankan opening pair had appeared generally comfortable against the Australian attack in an 82-run stand but Karunaratne's departure was a turning point. But as soon as Karunaratne left the field, Thirimanne was caught at slip from Lyon, before Starc got Chandimal in a top-edge tangle while hooking, and Cummins bowled a beauty to knock the outside of Kusal Mendis' off stump.

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