posted at 21:50
Author: Jenni Ryall
Australian cricketer Phil Hughes dies after being hit by cricket ball
Australian cricketer Phil Hughes has died in hospital on Thursday after being struck by a cricket ball at the Sydney Football Ground on Tuesday. The 25-year-old South Australian batsman was playing in a Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales when a bouncer, a cricket term for a ball that bounces up from the pitch to head or chest level, hit his head behind his left ear. Hughes looked down for a few minutes before collapsing on his face. The ball was bowled by Sean Abbott who has received counselling and has the Australian cricket community rallying behind him. Australian Team Doctor Peter Brukner announced the news of Hughes' death in a statement on Thursday afternoon. "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," Brukner wrote. The deadly incident is incredibly rare in cricket and has been described as a freak accident by other cricketers, who are expressing their grief on Twitter. As the summer cricket season is ramping up, the death of Hughes will rock Australia's national game to its core.

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