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Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes Died while Playing a Domestic Cricket Match

Phillip Hughes lost his battle to live almost two days to the hour since he was felled by a bouncer at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Cricket Australia announced his death just before 4pm Thursday. For two days the young cricketer – he would have turned 26 on Sunday – lay in an induced coma in St Vincent’s Hospital as the nation prayed and waited. His mother and father Virginia and Greg, sister Megan, and brother Jason, maintained a bedside vigil.

Hughes was opening for South Australia when he was struck on the head by Abbott’s bouncer on Tuesday during a Sheffield Shield game at the SCG. He was treated on the spot and taken by ambulance to St Vincent’s Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and was put into an induced coma in the hospital’s intensive care unit. News of Hughes’s death flashed around the world and social media erupted with tributes and condolences. Television and radio networks carried live coverage. Play was suspended at the start of the second day of the third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Sharjah.

The nation began to grieve, the biggest outpouring of sympathy for the loss of an Australian sportsman in living memory. The Premier Mike Baird announced that flags on NSW government buildings would be flown at half-mast on Friday as a mark of respect.

Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes Dies While Playing a Domestic Cricket Match

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