25 year old Australia batsman Phil Hughes is in a critical condition after being struck on the side of the head as he tried to turn away from a bouncer at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The short ball by fast bowler Sean Abbott missed Phil Hughes’ helmet.
After being hit, the cricketer collapsed and was helivac’d to hospital where he was put in an induced coma due to severity of his head injuries.
After 2 days in a coma, doctor’s switched Phil Hughes’ his life support off. He died 2 days before his 26th birthday. The trauma doctor said that the medical team did everything they could to save his life, but the blood vessel was basically crushed.
Phil Hughes was widely tipped to have been selected to replace Michael Clarke in the Australian test team the week after the incident. Mark Waugh confirmed in a radio interview that the selectors had Phil Hughes and himself “penciled in”.
The side he was playing against was his former team, which means the accident was witnessed by many of his friends. His mother and sister were also at the ground, watching the match live.