Australian cricketer Phil Hughes is fighting for his life after being struck on the head while playing for South Australia. The 25-year-old has been released from surgery but his condition is still considered ‘very critical’ after being hit by a bouncer from New South Wales’ Sean Abbott.
David Faktor, a spokesperson for the St Vincent’s hospital, where Hughes was taken, said it would take time to know the full extent of Hughes’ injuries.
Mr Faktor said: “Now it’s just a waiting game as surgeons wait for the swelling on his brain to go down. (Hughes) is still in a very, very critical condition.”
After being hit with the ball Hughes placed his hands on knees before collapsing to the ground as players and umpires rushed to his aid.
The Sheffield Shield match was abandoned as Hughes was escorted to hospital in an ambulance accompanied by the doctor who treated him at the scene.
Hughes previously held the record for the highest tenth-wicket partnership of 163 with Ashton Agar, set against England in 2013 and has played in 25 tests for Australia.
Hughes was in contention to be recalled to the test side with doubts over Michael Clarke’s fitness but now the cricket world have united in support for the batsman on Twitter and Facebook.
England captain Alastair Cook wrote on Facebook: “My thoughts go out to Phil and his family at this time and I along with the rest of the England Cricket team wish him a speedy recovery.”