The 25 years old Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died on Thursday in Sydney hospital, two days after the international batsman was struck on the head by a bouncer from Sean Abbott in a Sheffield Shield game played between New South Wales and Southern Australia.
The left-hander immediately collapsed on the ground after being hit. It wasn’t a pleasant sight at the Sydney Cricket Ground. An ambulance arrived at the ground and Hughes was rushed to the hospital on a stretcher.
Video of deadly bouncer which killed Australian cricketer Philip Hughes
Very shocked and saddened to learn of Phillip Hughes death. Before this tragedy he had such a bright future and it seems such a waste of a life. our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends. We feel bad for Sean Abbott too, he must be feeling absolutely dreadful.
Having said that, he cannot be held responsible for the tragedy because the delivery wasn’t illegal and he was just out there doing his job. Thankfully, these instances are very rare, but its still sickening when it happens nonetheless.
Hughes played 26 Tests in his short-career, scoring 1,535 runs at 32.65 with three centuries and seven fifties. His final Test was at Lord’s in July 2013.
He also played 25 ODIs, and remains the only Australian to score a century on ODI debut. His final ODI came last month against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, one week after he played his lone T20 international against the same opposition in Dubai.