Simmons story a positive for Hampshire skipper

Phil Hughes in action for Hampshire in 2010. Picture: Neil Marshall
Phil Hughes in action for Hampshire in 2010. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Jimmy Adams has highlighted the positive story of Phil Simmons as he waits for news on the health of former Ageas Bowl team-mate Phil Hughes.

Hughes, 25, suffered a life-threatening injury while batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield clash in Sydney on Tuesday.

The former Hampshire left-hander was hit by a bouncer from Sean Abbott after reaching 65 in the match with New South Wales.

He was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, where he remains in critical condition in an induced coma.

Simmons needed life-saving brain surgery in 1988 after he was struck by a ball from David Lawrence in fading light during a tour match against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

The former West Indies all-rounder, who now coaches Ireland, was not wearing a helmet and his had heart stopped before emergency surgery at Frenchay Hospital.

Simmons recovered, though, leaving hospital within eight days and returning to action four months later before resuming his international career.

It is too early to say whether Hughes can make such a miraculous recovery but, for Adams, the key is to see his old team-mate return to full health.

‘It looks like it could be a horrible wait,’ said the Hampshire skipper.

‘I read a hopeful piece with Phil Simmons.

‘He had something similar where he had to undergo an op.

‘He obviously recovered and we all hope that will be the case with Hughesy, too.

‘You just hope his health gets back to where it was.

‘That’s all you can hope for really.

‘And then the cricket will come later.

‘But it’s pretty grim. We are not medical men, so it is just a case of fingers crossed and hope for the best.’

Hughes played three first-class matches for Hampshire in 2010, notching a top score of 38 in his six innings.

He also featured in two one-day games for the Ageas Bowl outfit, with a best score of 32.

Hughes made his Test debut in 2009 and has amassed more than 1,500 runs in his 26 matches to date.