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Cricket manufacturers working 'all the time' to improve safety

Paramedics try to resuscitate Phil Hughes being he was airlifted to hospital. Credit: PA

Cricket helmet manufacturers are doing all they can to prevent head injuries in the sport, according to a former player who now works as a leading equipment retailer.

Australia batsman Phil Hughes is currently in intensive care in a Sydney hospital after being hit by the ball while playing in a Sheffield Shield game.

Chris Taylor, the former Yorkshire batsman who now runs leading retailer All Rounder Cricket in Leeds, said:

"I know cricket manufacturers and helmet manufacturers are working all the time to improve the safety of helmets and I know a new British safety standard has been launched in the UK for the 2015 season where helmets have to have fixed grills.

"The helmet doesn't protect all of the head, there's a gap for your eyes, there's a gap where your neck is, so you have to expect some blows at some stage and this is very unfortunate for Phil Hughes."

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ABC News apologise for Phil Hughes tweet

A screen grab of the original tweet posted by ABC News Credit: @ABCNews

ABC News has apologised for sending a tweet speculating about whether cricketer Phil Hughes was alive after being struck in the head by a ball.

The former Australia cricketer remains in intensive care after being hit by a bouncer during South Australia's match against New South Wales in Sydney.

ABC News tweeted that "Cricket NSW could not confirm if Phil Hughes was alive when he left" for hospital, and were immediately bombarded with messages criticising their lack of sensitivity.

One user wrote: "What? really? #ThinkPositive - this kind of comment is NO help."

Phil Hughes still in critical condition after surgery

Cricketer Phil Hughes remains in critical condition this morning after undergoing surgery.

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes Credit: DAN PELED/AAP/Press Association Images

Australian Associated Press reported that Hughes' doctor had confirmed the batsman has now been transferred to intensive care.

The 25-year-old is being treated at a St. Vincent's hospital in Sydney after being struck by the ball when batting for South Australia in a match against New South Wales.

Messages of support for Phil Hughes flood Twitter

Messages of support for Australian cricketer Phil Hughes have flooded Twitter today after the batsman was rushed to hospital with a head injury.

Australian cricket team coach Darren Lehmann tweeted:

Fellow Australian cricketers, including Mitchell Johnson and David Warner, also posted their messages to 'Hughesy' online, and wished him a speedy recovery:

Another message of support for the 25-year-old batsman was also posted online by former English cricket skipper Michael Vaughan who said his thought's were with Hughes' family:

Cricketer in critical condition after being hit by ball

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes is in a critical condition after being hit by a ball.

Phil Hughes was struck by a ball during a match today. Credit: Australia Cricket

The former Australia batsman is undergoing surgery after being rushed to a St. Vincent's hospital in Sydney on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old was struck by the ball when batting for South Australia in a match against New South Wales.

He was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and treated on the Sydney Cricket Ground for around 40 minutes.

Australia captain Michael Clarke has rushed to the hospital to be with the batsman.

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Pietersen offers to help school cricket teams

England's all-time leading runscorer Kevin Pietersen has offered to help with youth coaching in order to promote cricket in the country.

After statistics revealed participation had dropped sharply in the last year, from 908,000 in 2013 to 844,000 in 2014, the controversial batsman decided to act.

Cricket participation down by 64,000 in England

Interest in playing cricket appears to be falling. Credit: PA

An ECB report distributed to country clubs across England reveal that participation in recreational cricket has fallen by 64,000 over the past year.

More than 5 per cent of games needed to be conceded because at least one of the teams were unable to field a complete side.

The results of the annual National Playing Survey also show that the number of players aged between 14 and 65 has dropped from 908,000 in 2013 to 844,000 this summer.

Hafeez to undergo tests for bowling action

Hafeez will undergo biomechanic tests. Credit: PA

Pakistan off spinner Mohammad Hafeez will fly to England next week to undergo biomechanic tests after he was reported for a suspect bowling action during a match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday that all rounder Hafeez had been released from the squad and would appear for the tests on his action on November 24th after arriving in Loughborough a day earlier.

"If he is match fit he will return to Dubai to join the team for the remaining part of the series against New Zealand," a PCB official said.

Hafeez was dropped for the second test due to a hamstring problem which he sustained after his bowling action had been reported in the first match.

Graeme Swann crashes on rally debut

Swann crashed his Ford rally car in Wales this morning. Credit: PA

Former England cricketer Graeme Swann suffered a nightmare racing debut when he crashed on the first stage of the Wales Rally GB this morning.

Swann enjoyed a remarkable international cricket career before retiring midway through last year’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash defeat in Australia.

He only had a few weeks to prepare for his first ever motor racing event, the final round of this year's World Rally Championship, and it's proving a difficult challenge.

Swann was at the wheel of his Ford Fiesta R2 in Gartheiniog on Friday morning when he flipped the car on a hairpin, but managed to recover and complete all four stages.

“No glass left, wearing goggles," he said after crashing. "Having a whale of a time.”

“To be honest your skills as a cricketer are completely wasted when it comes to driving a car,” he continued.

"But I'll do anything if someone offers me the opportunity. And anyone in my shoes who got offered this and turned it down would be mad."

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