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Review commissioned into Phillip Hughes death

Cricket Australia has commissioned an independent review into the death of former Australia batsman Phillip Hughes, who died after being struck by a cricket ball.

Hughes died after being struck in the head by a cricket ball. Credit: PA

The 25-year-old died in November two days after being hit on the neck by a delivery during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement:

When this tragedy happened, I said that it was a freak accident, but it was one freak accident too many.

Never again do we want to see something like that happen on a cricket field.We have a deep responsibility and obligation to look into the events of that awful day to understand everything that occurred and then see what could be done to prevent a similar accident happening in the future.

This is not an exercise designed to apportion blame on any individual for what took place. It is about making sure that as a sport we are doing everything in our power to prevent an accident of this nature happening again.

– CA chief executive James Sutherland

Australian cricketer gets Phil Hughes tattoo

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Victoria Bushrangers captain and Australian wicket keeper Matthew Wade has paid tribute to his former international team-mate, Phil Hughes, with a tattoo of the late cricketer on his right arm.

Hughes passed away aged 25 in November after being struck on the head by a ball during an Australian domestic match in Sydney.

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ECB accept schedule change following Hughes death

The tragic death of Phil Hughes has shocked cricket. Credit: PA

The ECB have agreed to Cricket Australia’s request for a schedule change to the One-Day International Tri-Series in January following the tragic death of Phil Hughes.

England will now prepare for the series at the Manuka Oval in Canberra with a warm-up game against the Australian Capital Territory XI in which the full squad will participate on January 12, 2015.

They will then face the PM’s XI – also in Canberra – on January 14 before travelling to face Australia in Sydney on January 16 rather than January 18. The remainder of the England schedule remains unchanged.

A woman pays tribute to Hughes in Macksville. Credit: PA

Brian Havill, ECB’s Acting Chief Executive, said: ‘I am grateful to the England players and management for agreeing to this switch which allows Cricket Australia to re-arrange their international summer following the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.

‘ECB recognise that these are extremely difficult times for the Australian cricket community and we were determined to help Cricket Australia, if at all possible, with their scheduling issues.'

Cook: England players in 'shock' over Hughes

Cook admits he and his England team-mates are in 'shock' Credit: PA

Alastair Cook and his England team are in a state of shock at the plight of Australia batsman Phil Hughes, as they prepare for the start of their one-day international series against Sri Lanka.

The stricken Hughes has undergone emergency surgery and is an induced coma and critical condition after being felled by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Cook said: "Since we woke up this morning, the whole team have been in a bit of shock all day. All our thoughts and prayers are with Phillip."

Most of the England team have played against Hughes at some time, and three have been county colleagues in his stints at Middlesex and Worcestershire.

"Fingers crossed, he can show the same fight he's shown throughout his whole career and he can pull through," Cook added.

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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."

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."