Shock, sadness: Cricket world reflects on Phil Hughes

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 28, 2014 09:22 IST

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died on Thursday from a head injury after a sickening on-field blow in one of the highest-profile sporting fatalities since the death of Formula One great Ayrton Senna.

Hughes, who was due to celebrate his 26th birthday this weekend, never regained consciousness after being hit on the base of his skull by a rising ball as he batted for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

"It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away," Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said in a statement.

"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."

An inconsolable Australia captain Michael Clarke was an almost constant presence at his close friend's side at St Vincent's Hospital.

News of his death broke just before long-time teammate Warner and his wife left the hospital in tears. Dozens more players were hugging and crying into each other's shoulders as they walked out minutes later.

Thousands expressed sadness over the tragic news. Many took to Twitter as well to convey condolences and others to show their support for Sean Abbott. Primer Minister Tony Abbott led the tributes.

"Phillip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams. His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family," he said.

"What happened has touched millions of Australians. For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration."

Cricket NSW chairman John Warn and chief executive Andrew Jones said they were stunned, saying the grief would be felt around the world.

"Phillip touched so many people playing for NSW, Australia, South Australia, county cricket in England and the IPL in India," they said.

West End Redbacks, the South Australia team Hughes was playing for when he was hit on the head, too expressed sadness over Hughes' tragic death.

(With AFP and Reuters inputs)

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