Phillip Hughes Dies In Hospital

Phil Hughes, pictured here celebrating scoring an ODI century, has passed away
Phil Hughes, pictured here celebrating scoring an ODI century, has passed away
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Australia and South Australia batsman Phillip Hughes has died, aged 25, in a Sydney hospital two days after he was hit on the head by a bouncer.

He was struck on the back of the head during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground and was rushed to hospital on Tuesday (25th November).

There, he underwent surgery and remained in a critical condition before passing away earlier today, having never regained consciousness.

He died surrounded by his family and close friends.

"As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time," Cricket Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said, after confirming the news of Hughes' passing.

"Cricket Australia kindly asks that the privacy of the Hughes family, players and staff be respected."

Hughes' head injury was "catastrophic" - Peter Brukner

Hughes was a brilliant left-hand batsmen, who scored two centuries in his second Test and went on to score one more during his 26 Tests, also playing 25 One-Day Internationals and a Twenty20 International.

He remains the youngest man to have scored two centuries in the same Test, achieving the feat at the age of 20 and became the first Australian to score a century on ODI debut.

He was batting on 63 against New South Wales - his former team - bidding to make a strong enough case to return to the Test side when he was struck by a ball delivered by Sean Abbott.

Cricket Australia subsequently cancelled the current round of Shield fixtures and has offered counselling to players on both sides.

As a mark of respect, the second day of the third Test between New Zealand and Pakistan was also suspended as tributes poured in on Twitter and other social networking sites.

Fans are also leaving flowers and tributes outside the Adelaide Oval in South Australia.

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