Injured Hughes passes away
Sydney: Australian batsman Phillip Hughes passed away on Thursday after succumbing to his injuries sustained during a domestic match when he was hit by a bouncer, Cricket Australia said.
He was 25.
“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.
“He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday. He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends.
“As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.
“Cricket Australia kindly asks that the privacy of the Hughes family, players and staff be respected.”
Hughes was fighting for life in St Vincent’s Hospital after being struck on the head in a freak accident during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground here yesterday.
The 25-year-old left-hander, who was on the verge of a Test recall, was hit on the lower head by a Sean Abbot bouncer following which he underwent an emergency surgery and was placed in an induced coma in the Intensive Care Unit of the St Vincent’s Hospital.