Hughes, Australian batsman Is dead

Phillip Hughes, Australia Test batsman has died two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.

Hughes, who also played for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire, was hit by a delivery from bowler, Sean Abbott.

Peter Brukner, Australia team doctor said he passed away in the hospital, never regaining consciousness.

“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away,” said Brukner.

Hughes, batting for South Australia, collapsed face first on the ground after being hit by a bouncer from 22-year-old Abbott during a Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales.

Hughes had been wearing a helmet but the ball struck him at the top of the neck, causing the injury.

He had CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation at the ground before being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he had a 90-minute operation to relieve pressure on his brain.

Australia captain, Michael Clarke read out a statement on behalf of the Hughes family at a news conference held at St Vincent’s Hospital, where the player, who would have been 26 on Sunday, was being treated.

Speaking on behalf of Hughes parents, Jason Hughes, his brother said: “We’re devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother. It’s been a very difficult few days.

“We appreciate all the support we have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public.

“Cricket was Phillip’s life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him.”

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