We are extremely sad to announce that Phillip Hughes has passed away at the age of 25, Cricket Australia, said on its Twitter feed. Cricket Australia confirmed the 25-year-old had lost his fight for life, casting a pall over the cricket-mad nation who are co-hosting the World Cup early next year.
Hughes, who played in 26 tests and 25 one-day internationals for Australia, had spent a second night at the hospital in an induced coma after having emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
He was struck on the head by a ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground when batting for South Australia, a devastating blow that experts compared to the trauma suffered by victims of a car crash.The 25-year old, who had been hoping to regain his place in the team for next week’s Test match against India, passed away on Thursday after failing to recover from an induced coma at a hospital in Sydney.
The South Australia batsman, who would have turned 26 on Sunday, was fatally injured when hit by a “bouncer,” a short ball that bounces up towards the batsman’s torso, near his left ear — the ball somehow evading the cricketer’s helmet as he swiveled to play a shot .
A statement from the office of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott read: “Phillip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams.