London: Australia's Moises Henriques and Surrey team-mate Rory Burns were said to be in "decent shape" Monday following their sickening collision when they ran into each other trying to take a catch in a county match.
ECB director Alec Stewart posted this picture on Twitter yesterday of a smiling Rory Burns (left) with a nurse
Henriques and Burns were knocked unconscious as they collided while going for a chance in a Twenty20 match away to Sussex at Arundel on England's south coast on Sunday. All-rounder Henriques broke his jaw in three places after he was struck by Burns's knee. Burns sustained head and facial injuries.
Both players needed oxygen treatment and three ambulances were called on to the outfield before the pair, who regained consciousness before leaving the ground and gave a thumbs-up sign to concerned spectators, were taken to St Richard's Hospital in nearby Chichester for further assessment. A Surrey statement issued Monday said both players were making a good recovery.
"Latest news on the two boys..Both Rory and Moises are in decent shape following their operations overnight..further updates later in the day" Director of cricket Alec Stewart, the former Surrey and England wicketkeeper-batsman, posted a picture of Burns smiling in his hospital bed, alongside a member of medical staff giving a thumbs-up gesture. Stewart subsequently said on his Twitter account that Bruns would be discharged from hospital later on Monday, although Henriques would require further observation.
"More good news @roryburns17 will be leaving hospital this afternoon. @Mozzie21 (Henriques) will stay in for another 24 hours but is bearing up well," Stewart said. Henriques, who took an impressive three for 23 in his maximum four overs on Sunday before the accident, still faces dental surgery following the clash. Umpires Alex Wharf and Jeremy Lloyds abandoned the match after the frightening clash, with Sussex 141 for seven in the 19th over. Sussex physiotherapist John Marrale, one of the first to attend to Burns and Henriques, 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." Surrey were back in action on Monday, against Glamorgan at Guildford, south of London, in the Second Division of the County Championship Henriques, 28, has represented Australia 13 times across all three international formats, most recently in a one-dayer against England at Hobart in January.