Australian batsman Phillip Hughes dies from head injury

  • Sad day for world cricket
  • Young Australian batsman succumbs to a fatal injury
  • Death shocks players around the world
  • World players rally behind the bowler, Sean Abbott

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The young Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died of injuries sustained when he was hit by a ball in a domestic game this week. “It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away,” Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said in a statement released on Thursday.

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It was during a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground, on Tuesday, Hughes was struck by Sean Abbott’s bouncer and collapsed.  He was taken off field and received CPR and mouth-to-mouth before being rushed to St Vincent Hospital for a surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by internal bleeding. He was in the intensive care unit and his condition stayed critical until he died this morning.

ABC Grandstand chief cricket commentator Jim Maxwell said that Phillip Hughes’ injury as a ‘horribly flunky’ occurrence, saying it is one of the worst the game he has ever seen.

Hughes was 25. The promising left-hander batsman has made his test debut at Johannesburg, South Africa in 2009, where he made 75 runs in the second innings. The second test in Durban saw two centuries in both the innings with a massive 275 at the crease. Despite his 26 tests, he did not have a regular place in the team. He was considered a strong contender in the place of injured skipper Michael Clarke in the Australian Test team in the coming week.

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During the fatal match, he was batting confidently on 63 when he mistimed an attempted pull shot and was hit on the back, left side of the head by a regulation bouncer from New South Wales fast bowler Sean Abbott.

Cricket world is shocked over the untimely death of the cricketer and are backing Sean Abbott who is distraught after the incident. His team mates and the Australian cricket board are supporting him. He and the team mates and being given counselling and, he is being watched closely. ‘[Abbott] has got a lot of support around him from his teammates and also the counselling services,’ ACA CEO Alistair Nicholson said. (Daily Mail)

Cricketers from across the world are shocked over the death and took to social site Twitter to express their anguish:

No nononono. RIP Phillip Hughes – Adam Gilchrist

Shocked and saddened by the news of Phil Hughes. Horrible day for cricket. RIP Phil and may your family gain the strength to cope – Virat Kohli

Heart broken! A very dark day. You will be missed, Phil Hughes. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family & friends – AB de Villiers

Just heard the worst news possible..our thoughts & prayers are with Phil, his family & friends. RIP Phil Hughes!! – MahelaJayawardena

Totally, totally sick inside and have no words.thinking and praying for friends and family – Graeme Smith

Rest peacefully our little brother…may God hold you in the palm of his hand forever. Deepest sympathies to the Hughes Family and friends – Mathew Hayden

No words can describe the loss – Bret Lee

My heartfelt condolences to the family of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes on the sad demise – ShahidAfridi

Shocked and saddened. Phil Hughes you will live on in our hearts. RIP worst day in world cricket – Suresh Raina

Really Sad news to hear this morning. RIP philip Hughes. Condolences to his family – you will be missed – Chris Gayle

Absolutely shocked to hear the news of Phil Hughes passing away! Thoughts and prays are with his family as well as Sean Abbott! – Shaun Pollock

Saddest day in cricket fraternity. Rest in peace mate and Sean Abbott stay strong – RohitSarma

Devastating news, Phillip Hughes RIP you will be sadly missed by us all, thoughts & prayers go out to the Hughes family – Tom Moody

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