Australia batsman phillip hughes dies from head injury

Sydney : Australian batsman Phillip Hughes who was struck on the head by a cricket ball died in hospital, Cricket Australia (CA) said Thursday.

The 25-year-old Hughes, who represented the national team in 26 Tests between 2009-2013, fractured his skull and suffered catastrophic bleeding in his brain after being hit by bowler Sean Abbot’s bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Tuesday afternoon.

Hughes was carried off the ground on a stretcher and treated on the boundary before being rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery. The match was abandoned following the incident.

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The left-hander Hughes was in an induced coma at St. Vincent`s Hospital here after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

“He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday,” Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said in the statement.

“He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends,” Brukner said.

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“As a cricket community, we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time,” he added.

“Cricket Australia kindly asks that the privacy of the Hughes family, players and staff be respected.”

A press conference was expected to be held Thursday afternoon.

Hughes scored three Test centuries. He also scored 26 first class centuries and was a prolific scorer for New South Wales, for whom he debuted at the age of 18 and later for South Australia.

Hughes was part of Australia’s most recent Test squad, for the series against Pakistan in the UAE, but he was not called on to play a Test in that series.

‘Hughes’ death a long-term loss for Aussie cricket’

Terming left-handed batsman Phillip Hughes “a rising star”, Cricket Australia (CA) Thursday said the untimely death of the batsman was a long-term loss for cricket in the country.

“Just shy of his 26th birthday, Phillip has been taken from us far too young. As a cricketer, he was an incredibly talented and dearly loved member of the Australian, South Australian and Adelaide Strikers squads and a former NSW representative. He also played county cricket in England and Indian Premier League (IPL) in India. Without doubt he was a rising star whose best cricket was still ahead of him,” CA CEO James Sutherland said in a statement.

“The National selectors had certainly identified him as having a long-term future in the game. It was only a few days ago when announcing the first Test team for the forthcoming Indian series that National selector Rod Marsh said, ‘He’s a hell of a good batsman. He is a very, very good young player who has got 26 first-class hundreds’.”

The 25-year-old Hughes, who represented the national team in 26 Tests between 2009-2013, fractured his skull and suffered massive bleeding in his brain after being hit by bowler Sean Abbot’s bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Tuesday.

Hughes was carried off the ground on a stretcher and treated on the boundary before being rushed to the St. Vincent’s Hospital where he underwent surgery. The match was abandoned following the incident.

The left-hander Hughes was in an induced coma at Sydney hospital after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

Sutherland expressed shock at Hughes’ sudden demise.

“It’s an understatement to say that we are completely devastated. Our grief runs deep and the impact of Phillip’s loss is enormous but nothing compares to the loss felt by those closest to him. Phillip was a cherished son, brother, friend and team mate,” he said.

“In these darkest of hours cricket puts its collective arms around the Hughes family. To his parents Virginia and Greg and siblings Megan and Jason, we offer our love and endless support.”

Sutherland said Hughes was not only a talented cricketer but also a good person.

“We all vividly remember his explosive entrance to Test cricket. In 2009, in only his second Test and at the tender age of 20, Phillip blasted back-to-back centuries against South Africa and only last year showed his class again when he became the first Australian batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score a century on debut,” Sutherland said.

“But it was Phillip as a person that we will miss most. He was a classic example of his country upbringing – humble, understated and hard working. When the chips were down or he had a setback he simply got on with the job and worked harder. He set a wonderful example to any young person seeking to make their way in life.”

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ICC mourns Hughes’ death

The Internaional Cricket Council (ICC) offered its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes, who passed away Thursday following an injury he suffered during a first-class match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

“We are all shocked and saddened with the news of Phillip’s passing. On behalf of the entire cricket community, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends,” ICC chairman N. Srinivasan said in a statement.

The 25-year-old Hughes, who represented the national team in 26 Tests between 2009-2013, fractured his skull and suffered catastrophic bleeding in his brain after being hit by pacer Sean Abbot’s bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Tuesday.

Hughes was carried off the ground on a stretcher and treated on the boundary before being rushed to the St. Vincent’s Hospital where he underwent surgery. The match was abandoned following the incident.

The left-hander Hughes was in an induced coma at the Sydney hospital after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

Born in Macksville, New South Wales, Hughes made his Test debut against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2009 and in only his second Test match, in Durban, he became the youngest cricketer to score two centuries in a Test.

Hughes also played 25 One-Day Internationals (scoring 826 runs, including two centuries) – most recently in the victory over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in October – and one T20 International.

“He was a naturally gifted player who entertained many with his attacking approach to the game. All those who play, have played or are in any way connected to the game are devastated by the news. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy at this difficult time,” ICC CEO David Richardson said.

Indian cricket team mourns Hughes’ death

The Indian cricket team, currently in Australia to play a four-match Test series, has condoled the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who died Thursday.

“The touring Indian team joins the cricketing fraternity across the world in offering condolences to the family of Phillip Hughes, who has departed from our midst. In this moment of grief, we pray that they are bestowed with divine strength to overcome this unfortunate tragedy,” the team said in a statement here.

“As fellow cricketers we cherish the memories of playing along with him and deeply respect his contribution to the game of cricket.”

The 25-year-old Hughes, who represented the national team in 26 Tests between 2009-2013, fractured his skull and suffered massive bleeding in his brain after being hit by pace bowler Sean Abbot’s bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Tuesday.

Hughes was carried off the ground on a stretcher and treated on the boundary before being rushed to the St. Vincent’s Hospital where he underwent surgery. The match was abandoned following the incident.

The left-hander was in an induced coma at the Sydney hospital after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. He succumbed to the injury earlier Thursday.