Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes Passes Away

The world of Cricket mourns an untimely loss. Australian cricketer, Phillip Joel Hughes passed away after the critical blow in the back of his head.

Phillip Hughes

"It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away," Dr Brukner's statement read. 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."

25-year-old Hughes suffered the brutal injury while playing for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales on Tuesday. He misjudged the trajectory of Sean Abbott's bouncer, and was hit on his head, below the helmet.

Phillip Hughes Death

Phillip Hughes Dead

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He had since been in an induced coma in the hospital’s intensive care unit following emergency surgery in Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital.

"What happened is that the blow from the cricket ball damaged ... a major artery in the back of his head and that caused bleeding over the skull and prevented blood from going to the brain," Alan Jones, a Sydney Cricket Ground trustee and Phillip Hughes’ friend described in his radio show.

There’s no blame on Abbot, it was never his fault. However, he has had a tough time dealing with the accident. He, with other members of the team has been seeing counselor.

The left-handed opening batsman made his first-class debut for New South Wales at 18 in November 2007 and played with the state for five seasons before moving to South Australia.

He made his Test debut in February 2009 as a 20-year-old and represented Australia in 26 Tests and 20 ODIs.

Despite his critical condition, his death has left people around the world in shock and sorrow.

It is indeed a sad loss for the world of cricket, not to mention his bereaved family and friends.