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Australian cricketer Phil Hughes dies aged 25

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Australia and New South Wales batsman Phil Hughes has died at the age of 25 at a Sydney hospital after succumbing to an injury sustained from being hit on the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game on Tuesday.

Hughes, who in 2009 became the youngest player to score a century in each innings of a Test when he achieved the feat against South Africa in his second appearance, had been in critical condition after doctors performed emergency brain surgery. He played 26 Tests, 25 ODIs and a solitary Twenty20 international.

"It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away. 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," said Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said in a statement released on Thursday. "As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip's family and friends at this incredibly sad time. Cricket Australia kindly asks that the privacy of the Hughes family, players and staff be respected."

Michael Clarke read a statement on behalf of the deceased Phil Hughes' parents Greg and Virginia, and brother and sister Jason and Megan, during a press conference at St Vincent's Hospital on Thursday following the tragic demise of the Australia and New South Wales batsman.

"We are devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother Phillip," Clarke read. "It has been a very difficult few days. We appreciated 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. We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent's Hospital and Cricket NSW medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you."

Several of Hughes' former NSW team-mates paid regular visits to St Vincent's Hospital in the past few days, including key members of the Australian squad for the upcoming Brisbane Test against India, such as captain Michael Clarke, David Warner, Brad Haddin, Aaron Finch and Steven Smith. Among those who were in the field at the Sydney Cricket Ground when Hughes was felled by a nasty short deliver were Haddin, Warner, Shane Watson and Nathan Lyon.

The SCG match was subsequently cancelled and two other Shield matches in Brisbane and Melbourne were called off on Wednesday after consultation between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association. Cricket Australia has announced counselling for any players effected by the sickening injury to Hughes, and there is some doubt over whether the Gabba Test starting December 4 will go ahead as scheduled.

Hughes made a strong start in Tests, scoring 75 in the second innings of his debut in Johannesburg in early 2009 and then 115 and 160 in the next match in Durban. However, his form deteriorated in the subsequent Ashes tour of England where he made 57 runs in three innings and was dropped. He had since been in and out of the Test squad, playing 21 Tests between January 2010 and July 2013. His Test average stands 32.65 while in ODIs he averaged 35.91.

In July, playing for Australia A against South Africa A, Hughes became the first Australian male player to score a double hundred in a List-A game when he hit 202 not out from 151 balls in Darwin. He was considered a strong prospect to replace Clarke in Australia's side for Brisbane should the Test skipper not be passed fit.

Source: The Times of India

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R.I.P Hughes.

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