posted at 19:00
Author Name: Martin Parry
More scans for Aussie batsman Hughes as he fights for life
The 25-year-old, who was pressing for a Test recall, was knocked out by a Sean Abbott bouncer in a freak incident at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, crumbling to the ground unconscious after the heavy blow to the lower head. He underwent surgery and was in an induced coma in intensive care at St Vincent's Hospital. "Phillip Hughes remains in a critical condition in St Vincent's Hospital after being struck in the head while batting for South Australia against NSW at the SCG yesterday," Cricket Australia said in a statement. Test captain Michael Clarke was one of the first to arrive at the hospital on Wednesday, resuming a vigil at his close friend's bedside and comforting Hughes's mother and sister. Hughes made his Test debut in South Africa in 2009, where he made 75 in the second innings at Johannesburg. The runs dried up and despite playing 26 Tests he has never secured a regular place in the team, partly due to his perceived weakness against the short ball. With doubts over the fitness of Clarke for the first Test against India next month in Brisbane, he was seen as a potential replacement. "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 said. Cricket Australia said all current domestic Sheffield Shield matches had been abandoned in the wake of Hughes's injury, with official Pat Howard saying "It's just not the day to be playing cricket".

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