Australian cricketer Phil Hughes is fighting for his life after being struck on the head with a cricket ball 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 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.
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 holds 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.
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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.
Kevin Pietersen tweeted his support earlier on today, writing: “#PrayForPhilHughes”
England captain Alastair Cook was amongst the first to offer his prayers for Hughes. He 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."
Ex-Australian bowler Jason Gillespie said: “Our thoughts are with Phil Hughes and his family. Feeling for everyone that was at the game too.”
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli added: “Thoughts and prayers with Phil Hughes all the way. Fight it out mate. You are a top man. All the strength goes out to you and your family.”
While Sky Sports pundit Shane Warne tweeted: “Just heard the news about Phil Hughes, thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. Hang in there buddy, we are all fighting with u !!!”