After battling a severe head injury for two days, Australian Test Batsman – Phillip Hughes passed away. The 25-year-old Phillip was struck by a bouncer bowled by a Sean Abbott, when he was batting for South Australia against New South Wales in Sheffield Shield game at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Phillip was rushed to the city’s Vincent’s Hospital after got struck by the ball in the neck, where he undertook surgery and was being observed in the intensive care unit.
Australian team doctor Peter Brukner, the one who announced the death today, said, “It is my painful duty to inform you that a short time ago, Phillip Hughes passed away. He never regained consciousness following his injury. He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends.”
He further added, “As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.”
Tributes have been paid to the player, including those from Australian Prime Minister – Tony Abbott, who said he was “a young man living out his dreams.”
The England cricket team, who are presently in Sri Lanka for a one-day series, have annulled today’s media conference after the shock death.
No no no no no. RIP Phillip Hughes
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) November 27, 2014
Just an absolute tragedy that Hughesy is no longer with us. He was such an awesome young man, RIP buddy, shattered…http://t.co/avDtc8deoR
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) November 27, 2014
Brothers in arms, RIP mate. I will always walk out there forever knowing your by my side. Love you BRAZ!! pic.twitter.com/Qxq2Jy0Pyx
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) November 27, 2014