Australian cricketer Phil Hughes dies

The Australian batsman Phil Hughes has died at the age of 25, Cricket Australia has announced on its official Twitter account.

In a statement, Cricket Australia said the batsman "never regained consciousness" after he was hit in the head by a cricket ball during a match between South Australia and NSW at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday afternoon.

Australian Team Doctor Peter Brukner said:

It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away. He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday. He was not in pain before he passed and was 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 kindly asks that the privacy of the Hughes family, players and staff be respected.

– Dr Peter Brukner

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