By Nick Friend
Australian batsman Phil Hughes passed away overnight. His tragic death comes two days after being struck on the head whilst batting in a domestic game at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away,” said Australia team doctor Peter Brukner. “He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday. He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends.”
Hughes, a former Middlesex, Worcestershire and Hampshire opening batsman, was hit on the back of the head by a bouncer from Sean Abbott.
Along with Ashton Agar, the batsman was involved in a then world record tenth wicket partnership against England at Trent Bridge in 2013.
Australian captain Michael Clarke read a statement on behalf of the Hughes family.
“Cricket was Phillip’s life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him. We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent’s Hospital and Cricket New South Wales medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you.”