posted at 21:50
Author: Jenni Ryall
Australian cricketer collapses face-first after ball hits his head
Australian cricketer Phil Hughes is in a critical condition after being smashed in the head with a cricket ball. The distressing moment happened in the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales on Tuesday afternoon at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Test-hopeful received a ball from bowler Sean Abbott, which bounced to hit him in the head before he could be seen staring at his feet and then collapsing to the ground face first. After the traumatic bouncer, a cricket term for a ball that is pitched short so that it bounces on the pitch and up to chest or head height, Hughes was taken from the pitch on a stretcher before being rushed in an ambulance from the Sydney Cricket Ground to St Vincent's hospital. It is not uncommon for balls to get up to speeds of 150km/h, yet a cricketer being knocked out is rare. Hughes is currently undergoing neurosurgery and remains in an induced coma, according to Nine News. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

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