It was the most unfortunate incident for any batsman on cricket ground but Australian batsman Phillip Hughes who was struck on the head by a cricket ball, could not survive the mishap and died in hospital two days later on Thursday.
The 25-year-old Hughes, who played in 26 Tests since 2009, was hit by bowler Sean Abbot’s bouncer in a sheffiels shield match that fractured his skull and he suffered catastrophic bleeding in his brain. He was immediately rushed on a stretcher to St. Vincent`s Hospital, where he was operated upon with an induced coma but he succumbed to his injury this morning.
“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.
“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 held in the afternoon to brief the media on the event and other details.
Hughes has so far scored three Test centuries, 26 first class centuries and was a prolific scorer for New South Wales, for whom he debuted when he was 18 years. Hughes was part of Australia’s most recent Test squad that played against Pakistan in the UAE.
On 11 January 2013, he became the first Australian batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score a century on debut, during a match in Melbourne against Sri Lanka. Hughes was also the youngest cricketer ever to score back-to-back centuries in a test match in 2009 against South Africa at Durban.
On Tuesday, 25 November 2014, Hughes fatally hit by the bouncer and the match was immediately abandoned as Cricket Australia said that the other two Shield games that were being played elsewhere in Australia would also be abandoned, stating “Given how players across the country are feeling right now, it’s just not the day to be playing cricket”.