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Friday, September 10, 1999 Published at 15:42 GMT 16:42 UK

Sport: Cricket

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.

Australian captain Steve Waugh collides with Jason Gillespie
Waugh, who has a broken nose, and Gillespie, who has a broken shin, were airlifted to hospital in Kandy following the incident on the second morning of the match.

ABC reporter Glenn Mitchell: "It was a sickening blow"
Team manager Steve Bernard said: "Waugh will have to have his surgery under general anaesthesia.

"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.

[ image: Waugh is led away to a waiting helicopter]
Waugh is led away to a waiting helicopter
When it resumed Australia ralled to dismiss Sri Lanka for 234 - after they had been 177 for three - but led by stand-in skipper Shane Warne the batsmen collapsed again to give the visitors a slender 43-run lead with only four wickets remaining.

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.

Battling fightback

[ image: Gillespie is carried off the field]
Gillespie is carried off the field
"Waugh wants to get back to play by tomorrow, but I told him it was out of question and he would have to wait for at least two weeks."

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.

Sinking ship

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.

Sri Lanka (1st innings):
Sanath Jayasuriya lbw b McGrath 18
Marvan Atapattu c Langer b Miller 25
Russel Arnold lbw Miller 19
Aravinda de Silva c Ponting b Warne 78
Mahela Jayawardana c Ponting b Warne 46
Arjuna Rantunga c Healy b Warne 4
Romesh Kaluwitharana b Miller 9
Upul Chandana c Hayden (sub) b Warne 12
Chaminda Vaas not out 2
Ruwan Zoysa c Miller b Warne 7
Muthiah Muralitharan c McGrath b Miller 0
Extras: (b 4, lb 7, nb 3) 14
Total: 234 all out in 66.3 overs.
(Sri Lanka began the day on 69 for two)
Fall 1/22, 2/69, 3/70, 4/177, 5/181, 6/197, 7/223, 8/226, 9/234.
Bowling: Glen McGrath 18-5-66-1
Jason Gillespie 12-2-43-0
Colin Miller 20.3-6-62-4
Shane Warne 16-4-52-5

Australia (2nd innings):
Greg Blewett c Atapattu b Muralitharan 14
Michael Slater lbw b Muralitharan 27
Justin Langer lbw Vaas 5
Mark Waugh b Vaas 0
Ricky Ponting not out 22
Ian Healy b Muralitharan 3
Shane Warne run out (Jayasuriya) 6
Colin Miller not out 0
Extras: (4 bs, 4 lbs, 1 wide, 3 nbs) 12
Total: 89 for six in 42 at stumps.
Fall: 1/27, 2/49. 3/49, 4/49, 5/58, 6/75.
Chaminda Vaas 10-5-8-2
Ruwan Zoysa 10-3-28-0
Aravinda de Silva 3-0-5-0
Muthiah Muralitharan 17-4-35-3
Sanath Jayasuriya 1-0-1-0
Upul Chandana 1-0-4-0
Umpires: S. Venkataraghavan (India) and Peter Manuel (Sri Lanka).
Third Umpire: B.C. Cooray (Sri Lanka).
Match Referee: Cammie Smith (West Indies)

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