Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in hospital, two days after he was struck on the head by a cricket ball while playing in a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said in a statement released by Cricket Australia on Thursday afternoon that Hughes had died at St Vincent's Hospital. "He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends.
"It's been a very difficult few days. We appreciate all the support we've 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 of the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent's Hospital, and cricket NSW medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip."
Hughes, 25, was in an induced coma since the accident on Tuesday afternoon. Hughes was hit on the side of the head when he attempted to hook the bouncer. While he seemed to compose himself, the former Test opener leant forward, put his hands on his knees and, after a few seconds, suddenly collapsed head-first on to the pitch. It was horrific, and the desperation of the moment was reflected by the way the umpires and his former teammates raced to his aid.