It is hard to comprehend that two fatalities have occurred in two separate incidents in the space of a week. One of Australia’s most promising batsmen and an umpire in Israel have fatally been struck on the neck by cricket balls.
Great coaches always say “Learn from every loss” and it is obvious to see that Phillip Hughes and Hillel Oscar’s tragic passing have united people from every culture and nationality. The tributes on the Facebook page “Put Out your Bats” for Hughes shows just how much camaraderie exists in sport.
It’s not only cricket who paid tribute to the Australian batsman, Wimbledon’s Facebook page also displayed a photo of an antique cricket bat on one of their show courts.
In a gesture of solidarity the Australian rugby union team wore black arm bands at Twickenham for their autumn international match against England.
The Australian cricket board have started a review into safety protocols for the protection of players even though what happened to Phillip Hughes was deemed a freak incident. Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has made it clear that even one freak incident is considered one freak incident too many.
Cricket Australia will work with manufacturers and regulators to seek to improve safety standards. In light of what happened to Mr Hillel the former captain of the Israeli national team, it is hoped that the safety of officials is also reviewed.
There has been worldwide support for Sean Abbott, the young fast-bowling all-rounder, who will be remembered for bowling the bouncer that fatally wounded Hughes. It is comforting to know that Megan Hughes, the sister of Phil Hughes and Michael Clarke spent a lot of time with the 22-year-old bowler at the hospital. James Sutherland Cricket Australia's chief executive assured fans that Abbott will have all the support he needs.