Australian cricketer, Phillip Hughes has died in St Vincent’s Hospital just two days after he was hit by a bouncer at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He had been rushed to hospital after he was hit in the head in the Sheffield Shield game. Doctors admitted him to intensive care after surgery, but this afternoon he was announced dead. He was hit in the head after misjudging a ball from Sean Abbott. Although, 25-year-old, Hughes was wearing a helmet but the ball hit him beneath its rim. After the ball hit him he bent over before passing out and was carried off the field on a stretcher. He had been in an induced coma at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital after surgery to reduce pressure on his brain.
In a statement, Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said: “It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away. 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,” the statement added.