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Cricket Australa to launch Phillip Hughes probe

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Cricket Australia has launched an investigation into safety after Batsman Phillip Hughes lost his life at the crease yesterday.

The 25-year-old lost his life after being struck on the head by a bouncer, and Cricket Australia's chief James Sutherland says the they will look at making the game safer.

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"It's a freak incident, but one freak incident is one too many," he said. "We will immediately, in consultation with the manufacturers and the other safety providers or regulators, look into it to make sure that these things are addressed and improved.

"It's a matter of interest, not just for us here in Australia but for cricketers all over the world."

Roy Keane has decided to step down from his role as Aston Villa assistant manager. The former Manchester United midfielder says he is unable to focus on his work at Villa Park and also commit to his role as assistant to Martin O’Neil with the Republic of Ireland.

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He said: "Ultimately, my roles with Villa and Ireland and combining my commitment to these have become too much. It isn't fair to either Villa or Ireland, so I've made this decision."

And finally Ronnie O’Sullivan won his opening game at the the UK Championships - despite playing with a broken ankle. The Rocket concedes he may have to pull out however because he is in too much pain.

O'Sullivan is due to play Peter Lines in the next round, but his opponent is hoping that he gets a bye. "Obviously I would be delighted to play Ronnie on television. But if you gave me the option I would definitely prefer to get a bye," Lines told BBC Sport.

The 39-year-old injured himself while running, and wore a protective boot for his opening win against Daniel Wells.

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