THE cricket world has been left in shock at the news former Hampshire batsman Phillip Hughes has died after being hit by a ball.
Hughes, who would have been 26 on Sunday, died last night, two days after being struck on the head by a bouncer while batting for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland has described the death of Phillip Hughes as a “real-life tragedy”.
He said: ’The word tragedy gets used far too often in sport but this freak accident is now a real-life tragedy.
‘It’s an understatement to say that we are completely devastated. Our grief runs deep and the impact of Phillip’s loss is enormous but nothing compares to the loss felt by those closest to him.
‘Phillip was a cherished son, brother, friend and team-mate. In these darkest of hours cricket puts its collective arms around the Hughes family.’
Hughes, who was wearing a protective helmet, collapsed face first onto the pitch after being hit by a ball on the back, lower left side of his head from pace bowler Sean Abbott as he attempted a pull shot.
He was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and oxygen on the boundary line after being carried off the pitch on a stretcher.
He was taken to Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was being monitored in the intensive care unit.
However, the governing body today confirmed the worst.