Friday, September 10, 1999 Published at 15:42 GMT 16:42 UK
Gillespie breaks leg in on-field collision
Gillespie and Waugh collided at square leg while going for the same catch
Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie and captain Steve Waugh are to undergo surgery after fracturing bones in a collision while fielding in the first Test with Sri Lanka.
"But he should be able to rejoin the team in a day or two. Gillespie will return home because his leg will be in a cast."
The fielders ran into each other as they both tried to catch a top-edge from Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardena off the bowling of Colin Miller.
Play was held up for seven minutes while the pair were treated for injuries.
Waugh, bleeding from the nose, walked to an ambulance but fast bowler Gillespie had to be carried off the field by team-mates. He has a broken tibia in his right leg.
They were flown to a hospital in the capital Colombo by an army helicopter accompanied by four Sri Lankan commandos.
Surgeon Ashoka Jayasena, who examined Waugh, said: "His nose is disfigured and there are serious lacerations.
Despite the setback, the Australians battled in the field, dismissing Sri Lanka after lunch for 234 after they had been 177 for three, to give them a lead of just 46.
Spinners Miller and Warne, who took his 15th five-wicket haul in test cricket, claimed nine wickets between them, while Aravinda de Silva top-scored for Sri Lanka with 78.
But without their skipper the batting order collapsed to even greater depths than they had in their first innings.
Openers Michael Slater and Greg Blewett, previously both out for ducks, got off the mark this time but were both bowled by Muthiah Murathiltharan before the score had reached 50.
Their only hope of avoiding defeat is Ricky Ponting, the saviour of Australia's first innings with his knock of 96, who was 22 not out at the close with the visitors only 43 runs ahead.
Australia (1st innings) 188 all out after 67.1 overs. Sri Lanka (1st innnings) 234 all out, Australia 89 for six in second innings.
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