Australian batsman Phillips Hughes died at the age of 25 at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney on Thursday morning who was admitted to the hospital since Tuesday in a critical condition. Hughes was batting on 63 not out while he was hit by the ball.
Hughes was taken immediately in critical condition to the hospital after being struck in the head by a bouncer from Sean Abbott during Sheffield Shield match at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday with the help of three ambulance and a helicopter. He laid down in unconscious situation in pitch after being hit by the ball in his head.
Australian team doctor Peter Brukner on Wednesday spoke with the media who were eagerly waiting to know the situation of Hughes informed that the situation of Hughes is same and has not been changed. The situation of Hughes remains same and critical even though surgery was done just after his arrival at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney on Tuesday.
Hughes who was born in November 30, 1988 at Macksville, New South Wales, Australia has played 26 test matches and in his 49 innings he scored 1535 runs with an average of 32.65. Hughes who’s highest test score is 160 has hit three centuries and seven half centuries. Hughes was also included in the team for the first test match against India to be held at Brisbane from December 4 after their regular Captain Michael Clarke was out of the team as he is still fighting against his hamstring problem.
In 25 One Day Internationals he has scored 826 runs with an average of 35.91 and two centuries and four half centuries. He has 138 not out as his highest score in ODIs. And in his only T20 Internationals he has scored six runs.
Most of the Australian cricket players were in the hospital. Australian wicket keeper batsman Brad Haddin, Steven Smith, Shane Watson, David Warner, Nathan Lyon, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Starc, Daniel Smith, Aaron Finch, Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, Peter Forrest, George Bailey, Ed Cowan were in the hospital.
Likewise Australian former Captain Ricky Ponting, former players Simon Katich, Phil Jaques, Justin Langer and Brett Lee were also in the hospital to see Hughes.
Similarly Cricket Australia’s CEO James Sutherland and high performance manager Pat Howard including the national coach Darren Lehmann was there at St Vincent’s Hospital as well.
After death Australian Captain Michael Clarke spoke with media. “We are devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother Phillip. It has been a very difficult few days. We appreciated all the support we have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public,” Clarke told media.
Clarke who was very close to Hughes described with eyes full of tears further described,” Cricket was Phillip’s life, and we as a family shared that love of the game with him. We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent’s Hospital and Cricket New South Wales medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you.”