The cricket community over the world mourns the loss of one of the best performing and young batsman, Phil Hughes. The Australian test batsman died two days after being hit on the head by a ball.
Batting for South Australia, Hughes collapsed face first on the ground as a ball hit him by the bouncer Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales. He was treated on the pitch and was then rushed to the St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. He was operated for around 90 minutes to release the pressure from his brain, but he was unable to gain any consciousness even after two days. It was a particular artery of the brain which got hit and burst releasing too much blood and ultimately causing cerebral haemorrhage.
Hughes has played 26 Tests for Australia and scored three centuries, with an international career starting in 2009 tour of South Africa. He was at the age of 20 in Durban when he became the youngest man ever to score two centuries in a Test match. He was always a prolific scorer for New South Wales and was a strong chance to win a recall for next week’s first Test against India. Hughes had scored 26 first-class centuries and was a promising batsman for Australia.