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Post  cyprussyd on 2014-11-25, 11:00 am

Phil Hughes: Australia cricketer critically ill after being hit by ball


Australia batsman Phil Hughes is in a critical condition after being hit by a bouncer at the Sydney Cricket Ground.


The South Australia left-hander, 25 collapsed after a delivery from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott struck him on the head, missing his helmet.
Hughes was carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital where he was put in an induced coma following surgery
Cricket Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said there would be no update on his condition until Wednesday.
Hughes, who has played 26 Tests, made his Test debut at the age of 20 against South Africa in 2009.
In only his second match, he became the youngest batsman to post two centuries in a Test match.
He played county cricket for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire and shared in a then world record 10th-wicket partnership of 163 with Ashton Agar against England in the 2013 Ashes series.
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Players and officials rushed to help Hughes as he fell to the ground
Having returned to the one-day side against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last month, Hughes was in contention for a possible Test recall following reports that Australia captain Michael Clarke might be ruled out of the first match against India on 4 December.
But he was hit on the side of the head as he tried to turn away from a short ball by fast bowler Abbott at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and was immediately surrounded by opposition players and umpires, who called for help.
A helicopter arrived but Hughes, who had scored 63, was taken to Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital by ambulance and a doctor who treated the player at the scene accompanied him, Australian media reported.
The Sheffield Shield match was abandoned.
Peter Lalor, senior cricket writer for the Australian newspaper, told BBC Radio 5 live: "He looked stunned, put his head down, we assumed he was going to shake it off but he fell sickeningly into the pitch, his hands didn't come out to break his fall, and then we knew it was pretty serious.
"Possibly the worst part of it was they had to give him mouth to mouth in front of the members' stand because he wasn't breathing.
"He is one of the most respected and liked kids in Australian cricket, he doesn't have an enemy in the game, he's great company.
"I was there when he played his first Test. Phil and I talk quite a lot and we were chatting in the UAE about him playing and said to him he would probably get Alex Doolan's place and he said 'I don't want it, I don't want to see that done to Dools, he's my mate'."
Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil Hughes. We are also thinking of his family, team-mates and friends in the Australian cricket family.
"His welfare is our highest priority. We're also naturally concerned about all of those involved in today's game and will be giving them our utmost support."
Australia coach Darren Lehmann wrote on Twitter: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil and his family. He is a great fighter and a great young man."


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Post  Hieronymus on 2014-11-25, 11:21 am

I just saw this on the news! How awful. My goodness you really don't know what is round the corner do you. I hope he pulls through okay and my prayers and best wishes go out to him and his family.
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Post  Black Cat Kiwi on 2014-11-25, 9:22 pm

Hieronymus wrote:I just saw this on the news! How awful. My goodness you really don't know what is round the corner do you. I hope he pulls through okay and my prayers and best wishes go out to him and his family.

Freakish injury that could unfortunately happen at any grade but......

Hughes not wearing latest model helmet: manufacturer

The manufacturer of the helmet worn by Phillip Hughes said Tuesday he was not wearing their most up-to-date model after the Australian batsman was left fighting for his life having been knocked out by a bouncer.
Hughes, 25, who was pressing for a Test recall, crashed to the ground unconscious after the heavy blow to the lower head and was rushed to hospital from the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Television images showed the helmeted Hughes, who had scored a composed 63 for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield game, standing dazed before going down face-first following the rising delivery from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott.
Masuri, the UK-based manufacturer of the helmet worn by Hughes and one of the leading suppliers of protective headgear to the world's top batsmen, said in a statement they wished him a "full and speedy recovery".
Their statement said they were seeking as much footage of the incident as possible to be able to see more conclusively exactly where Hughes had been hit.
"From the footage and pictures currently available to Masuri, it appears that Phil Hughes was struck by the ball to the rear of the grille and below the back of the shell, missing his Masuri Original Test model helmet," the company's statement said.
"This is a vulnerable area of the head and neck that helmets cannot fully protect, while enabling batsmen to have full and proper movement."
However, Masuri's statement added: "The newly-developed Masuri Vision Series helmet, which supersedes the 2013 helmet worn by Phil Hughes, does afford batsmen extra protection in this region ?- and still allows comfortable movement."
Nevertheless, it was yet to be determined whether a change of helmet could have prevented Hughes's accident or indeed if the design of the one he was wearing had played any part at all in his injury.
Masuri managing director Sam Miller said: "The thoughts of everyone at Masuri are with Phil Hughes and his family.
"Helmet manufacturers are constantly developing their products to make them safer.
"We work continuously with the governing authorities worldwide to reduce the risk of injury to players."
A spokesman for Masuri told AFP the new Vision Series helmet had gone on sale in the UK in August 2014.
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Former England fast bowler Stephen Harmison said he had been "horrified" by Hughes's injury, particularly as he was a top-order batsman.
Harmison, who in the first Test of the 2005 Ashes at Lord's struck Ricky Ponting, one of cricket's greatest batsmen, with a delivery that hit the then Australia captain between the helmet and the grille, drawing blood from the Tasmanian's cheek, told BBC Radio Five: "It's horrifying seeing something like that happen to a top-order batsman.
"You sometimes fear for lower-order players, bowlers especially when they're batting and facing the quick bowlers. You don't fear too much for the top-order batsmen because they're good players and they're used to fending off short balls.
"It just looked like a freak accident," added Harmison, echoing comments made by other leading cricketers and experienced observers.
"It's saddening and sickening to see such a fantastic player in the position he's in. We all hope he pulls through."
Safety standards for helmets in English county cricket, where Hughes has had spells with Middlesex, Hampshire and most recently Worcestershire, were already in the process of being improved prior to his accident.
Angus Porter, chief executive of England's Professional Cricketers' Association, said: "There is a new British safety standard which is in the process of being implemented that will hopefully offer a greater measure of protection.
"The standard is now live and the manufacturers are working with testing houses on designs that will pass.
"The first batch of helmets are coming through now which would pass the test and we're hopeful we will see them used in professional cricket next season."
However, Porter said complete protection was impossible.
"It's difficult to know exactly what difference the standard might have made in this precise circumstance because there will always be an element of risk in cricket," he said.
"The balls are hard and they travel fast. No design will eliminate risk completely."

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Post  cyprussyd on 2014-11-27, 5:26 am

[size=30]Phil Hughes: Australian batsman dies, aged 25[/size]
Australia Test batsman Phil Hughes has died, two days after being hit on the head by a ball.
Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said he never regained consciousness and died in hospital in Sydney.
Hughes, 25, was carried off on a stretcher at the Sydney Cricket Ground after a short-pitched delivery struck his head, missing his helmet.
He had CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before being taken to hospital and placed in an induced coma.
In a statement, 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."
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An emergency helicopter landed on the cricket ground as Phil Hughes was being treated
Hughes,, batting for South Australia, collapsed face first on the ground after being hit by the bouncer from Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales.
He was treated on the pitch before being rushed to St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney where he underwent a 90-minute operation to relieve pressure on his brain.
Doctors did not give details on the extent of Hughes's injuries but the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said his skull was fractured and the Sydney Morning Herald reported that he had suffered catastrophic bleeding in his brain.
Members of the Australian national team, including the captain Michael Clarke, had visited Hughes in hospital, comforting the stricken player's mother and sister.
Hughes, who had played 26 Tests, made his Test debut at the age of 20 against South Africa in 2009.
In only his second match, he became the youngest batsman to post two centuries in a single Test.
He played county cricket for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire and shared in what was at the time a world record 10th-wicket partnership of 163 with Ashton Agar against England in the 2013 Ashes series.

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Post  Hieronymus on 2014-11-27, 10:24 am

Rest in Peace Phil Hughes, a freak accident and a young life gone too soon. Crying or Very sad
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Post  canary-dave on 2014-11-27, 11:13 am

Very sad news and what an awful time poor Sean Abbot must be having!

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Post  cyprussyd on 2014-11-27, 11:37 am

canary-dave wrote:Very sad news and what an awful time poor Sean Abbot must be having!
Yes Dave, he must be feeling very much the bad guy in all this and I guess no matter how many times people tell him it was an accident it wont be helping him.

Lets hope he is getting the help and support he needs

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Post  MrRAWhite on 2014-11-27, 11:54 am

I'm a keen follower of cricket I have been waiting on his progress since I heard about it...I was very sad when I found out about this today...As for the helmet, I'm not sure whether the latest model would have prevented this as the ball struck him on the rear of the upper neck at an upward angle which damaged the artery taking blood to the brain. It was a total freak accident and was a chance in a million how it caused fatal damage...R.I.P.

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Post  canary-dave on 2014-11-27, 12:23 pm

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Post  Guest on 2014-11-27, 4:35 pm

Sad sad news, sad for him his family and cricket lovers all over the world. The rest has been said by the other posters on here. Bon Voyage
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