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Fractured skull reports as cricketer Hughes vigil continues
He remains critical after being felled by a Sean Abbott bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday. Hughes' life-threatening injuries, despite wearing a helmet, have sent shockwaves through the cricketing world. Australia captain Michael Clarke has been an almost constant presence at his close friend's side at St Vincent's Hospital since the freak incident, arriving again early Thursday. Sydney Cricket Ground officials said a call was made six minutes after the batsman crumpled to the ground at 2.23pm, but the ambulance did not arrive until 2.52pm. A helicopter and another ambulance were also dispatched. While waiting, Hughes was given CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by NSW team doctor John Orchard before being rushed to hospital for scans and surgery. The Sydney Cricket Trust defended its handling of the incident. "SCG Trust staff followed the venue's emergency management plan quickly, calmly and professionally, as did staff from Cricket NSW and the NSW Ambulance Service," trust official Phil Heads told reporters. New South Wales Health Minister Jillian Skinner said she would meet the state's ambulance commissioner on Thursday to find out why it took so long to arrive at the scene despite the nearest ambulance station being barely one kilometre away.

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