The Cricket fraternity is in shock after an Australian Cricket star died yesterday. Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes died aged 25, two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney. The Sports world has Joined Australia in mourning the youngster.
Hughes, who also played for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire, was hit by a delivery from bowler Sean Abbott and never recovered said Australia team doctor Peter Brukner.
“Cricket was Phillip’s life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him. We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent’s Hospital and Cricket New South Wales medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you.” Read a statement from the family.
Hughes who was batting for South Australia, collapsed face first on the ground after being hit by a bouncer from 22-year-old Abbott during a Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales.
Despite Hughes wearing a helmet, the ball struck him at the top of the neck, causing the injury.
He had CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation at the ground before being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he had a 90-minute operation to relieve pressure on his brain, according to media reports.
Abbott and members of the Australian national team, including Clarke, visited Hughes in hospital. But his death was confirmed in a statement on Thursday 27 November, 2014.
“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away,” said Brukner while announcing the passing on of a promising talent.
“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”.
Speaking at the news conference, Brukner explained that Hughes had died as a result of “vertebral artery dissection”.