Cricketer dies from head injury

Phillip Hughes

AUSTRALIAN cricket player Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital this Thursday from injuries sustained when he was struck by a ball during a match two days ago.

The 25-year-old batsman collapsed during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday when a cricket ball hit him on the back, lower left side of his head. The batsman was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and placed in an induced coma, but died from his injuries this Thursday.

Hughes was playing for South Australia against New South Wales when the tragic accident occurred. Australia team doctor Peter Bruckner said in a statement: “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.”

Hughes was wearing a protective helmet while batting for South Australia when he was struck by a ball from bowler Sean Abbott. He seemed to compose himself initially, but then put his hands on his knees and collapsed on the field.

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland added his condolences following the news of Hughes’ death. “This freak accident is now a real life tragedy,” he said. “Our grief runs deep and the impact of Phillip’s loss is enormous.”

Hughes, who was just days away from his 26th birthday, played test and one-day cricket with Australia.

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