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We pay our tributes to the australian star- Phil Hughes

Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes has died aged 25, two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.

Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said he passed away in hospital, never regaining consciousness.

Hughes, who also played for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire, was hit by a delivery from bowler Sean Abbott.

“It’s an understatement to say we’re completely devastated,” said Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland.

“The word tragedy gets used too often in sport, but this freak accident is a real life tragedy.”

Australia captain Michael Clarke read out a statement on behalf of the Hughes family at a news conference held at St Vincent’s Hospital, where the player, who would have been 26 on Sunday, was treated.

Speaking on behalf of parents Greg and Virginia, sister Megan and brother Jason, he said: “We’re devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother, Phillip. It’s been a very difficult few days.

Clarke reads statement on behalf of the Hughes family

“We appreciate all the support we have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public.

“Cricket was Phillip’s life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him. We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent’s Hospital and Cricket New South Wales medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you.”

A clearly emotional Clarke then stood up and left the room.

Hughes, batting for South Australia, collapsed face first on the ground after being hit by a bouncer from 22-year-old Abbott during a Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales.

Hughes had been wearing a helmet but the ball struck him at the top of the neck, causing the injury.

He had CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation at the ground before being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he had a 90-minute operation to relieve pressure on his brain.

Abbott and members of the Australian national team, including Clarke, visited Hughes in hospital.

Sean Abbott

Sean Abbott (right) leaves St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney on Thursday

But his death was confirmed in a statement on Thursday.

“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away,” said Brukner.

“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.”

Speaking at the news conference, Brukner explained that Hughes had died as a result of “vertebral artery dissection”.

Post from Adelaide Oval on Twitter

Tributes were paid to Phillip Hughes at the Adelaide Oval

He said the artery had been compressed, causing it to split and leading to a “massive bleed” into the brain.

Brukner said the injury was “freakish”, adding: “Vertebral artery dissection is incredibly rare. If you look in the literature, there is only 100 cases reported. There is only one previous example caused by a cricket ball.”

Dr Tony Grabs, who treated Hughes at St Vincent’s, said scans had shown that the stricken cricketer needed surgery quickly to help get the pressure down in the brain.

“He had extensive surgery to remove some of the skull from around his brain to help allow the brain to expand,” added Grabs.

However, his recovery did not go as hoped.

“Over a period of the first 24 to 48 hours, he did not make very much improvement and unfortunately, as a consequence of the injury, he died,” said Brukner.

The Australian flag was lowered to half-mast over the Sydney Cricket Ground where Hughes suffered the horrific injury. Flags were also lowered at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbottpaid tribute to Hughes, describing him as “a young man living out his dreams”.

“His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family. What happened has touched millions of Australians,” he said.

“For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration. He was loved, admired and respected by his team-mates and by legions of cricket fans.”

Australia coach Darren Lehmann tweeted: “RIP you little champ, we are all going to miss you! Love, prayers to all the Hughes family.”

Phillip Hughes

Test Career ODI career
* Hughes played in one Twenty20 game, scoring six runs
Tests played 26 ODI’s played 25
Innings 49 Innings 24
Runs 1,535 Runs 826
Highest score 160 Highest score 138
Average 32.65 Average 35.91

The England team also released a statement on Twitter, writing: “Our deepest sympathies go out to Phil Hughes’ family, friends and team-mates at this incredibly sad time.

“Phil was admired and respected by all he played with and against and will never be forgotten by the cricket community.”

Giles Clarke, the England and Wales Cricket Board chairman, said Hughes was “an extremely popular and hugely respected cricketer in England and Wales” and “will be missed throughout the world of cricket”.

Former England star Kevin Pietersen said Hughes was “growing and maturing into a magnificent cricketer”.

“He was on course to do some really great things for Australia,” he said. “He had a brilliant start to his career, it’s just such a sad loss.”

Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar, who played alongside Hughes in the Indian Premier League, added: “Shocked to hear about Phil. Sad day for cricket. Deepest condolences to family, friends and well wishers. RIP.”

The International Cricket Council (ICC) issued a statement offered its “deepest condolences to the family and friends” of Hughes.

ICC chairman Mr Narayanaswami Srinivasan added: “We are all shocked and saddened with the news of Phillip’s passing.

Players console each other at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney. 27 Nov 2014

Australian cricketers have been consoling each other at St Vincent’s Hospital

“On behalf of the entire cricket community, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

Hughes, who had played 26 Tests, made his Test debut at the age of 20 against South Africa in 2009.

In only his second match, he became the youngest batsman to post two centuries in a single Test.

He played county cricket for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire and shared in what was at the time a world record 10th-wicket partnership of 163 with Ashton Agar against England in the 2013 Ashes series.

He has been tipped for a recall ahead of the upcoming series against India, which is due to start next week.

Cricket Australia had already decided to abandon the latest round of Sheffield Shield matches following the injury to Hughes.

After his death was announced, cricket officials from Pakistan and New Zealand chose to postpone the second day’s play in the third and final Test between the two countries.

“It’s a sad day for cricket,” Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan said in a statement.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White added: “Cricket is a family. Quite apart from its super-competitive edge, it is a game of kinship, mateship and friendship; of camaraderie and community.”

A two-day tour match between a Cricket Australia XI and India,scheduled to be played in Adelaide on Friday and Saturday, has been cancelled.

In English cricket, Thursday’s planned release of the 2015 county championship fixtures has also been postponed.

The death of Hughes has inevitably sparked further discussion about player safety in cricket and the use of helmets.

“It’s an incredibly safe game, but I think this will shake batsmen slightly out of what might have been complacency,” said former England captain and opening batsman Michael Atherton.

“I wore the same helmet for 10 years. I never changed it. I didn’t give it much thought really. If there is that kind of complacency that I was guilty of, then I think people will be shaken out of that.”

Former England captain Mike Gatting believes everything possible is being done to make helmets safe.

Gatting, who had his nose shattered by a Malcolm Marshall delivery in the West Indies in 1986, described the incident involving Hughes as “just a one-off, a freak accident”.

Shakib five-for spurs series win

Bangladesh 433 (Shakib 137, Tamim 109) and 248 for 9 dec (Mahmudullah 71, Shuvagata 50, Waller 4-59, M’shangwe 4-82) beat Zimbabwe 368 (Masakadza 158, Chakabva 101, Shakib 5-80) and 151 (Masakadza 61, Shakib 5-44)

Shakib Al Hasan became the third player in Test history to hit a century and claim 10 wickets in a match as Bangladesh rolled Zimbabwe over on the final day to take the series 2-0 in Khulna.

Hamilton Masakadza was the only source of resistance with his second fifty-plus score of the Test, but he fell victim to a misbehaving pitch and the tail was snuffed out soon after as Bangladesh recorded their third series win ever, and the first since July 2009.

It was understandable that Bangladesh preferred to set a target over 300 but the sluggish pace from their batsmen ate into a considerable amount of time and had left their bowlers with only 68 overs to push for victory. Shakib did not mind the challenge. His canny mix of sliders was more than a match for batsmen who were reluctant to press forward. And once uneven bounce came into play, Zimbabwe were “blown away,” in the words of their captain Brendan Taylor.

The Khulna pitch was docile for four days. Even on the fifth, it developed a mind of its own only after tea. The angles Shakib created as he moved around the bowling crease coupled with his accuracy meant the batsmen had to play him. He drew Sikandar Raza forward and had him caught at short leg early. His first over after lunch consumed Taylor, who hung back but was unable to keep his inside edge down. After tea, he delivered a spell of 6-3-20-3 to cap off one of his best performances for Bangladesh.

A sure-footed Masakadza was uprooted when Shakib got one to bounce more than expected and silly point claimed a simple catch. Elton Chigumbura walked after the ball leapt up to take his glove and go to slip. Natsai M’shangwe chased after a turner and edged to the keeper to become Shakib’s 10th wicket of the match.

Shakib Al Hasan became the third player to score a century and take ten wicketsShakib Al Hasan is pumped up after taking a wicket, Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 2nd Test, Khulna, 5th day, November 7, 2014 in a Test © AFP

The other two spinners were able deputies as well. Taijul struck thrice, although one was a grubber that bounced twice before taking Malcolm Waller’s off stump and the other was a fortunate lbw decision with last-man Tendai Chatara struck outside the line while playing a shot. Jubair Hossain, the 19-year old legspinner, got rid of Regis Chakabva and ended Zimbabwe’s most profitable partnership of the innings at 70.

While Bangladesh’s bowlers had a clear mandate to attack, Zimbabwe’s were more concerned with keeping the runs down. The turn legspinner M’shangwe got from around the wicket did not allow the batsmen to score freely. Bangladesh had come into the final day with an overnight lead of 266, pottered around for 47 off 19.5 overs, waited forShuvagata Hom‘s first Test fifty before finally deciding to declare.

It was a day to forget for Zimbabwe’s fielders as well. Mahmudullah was dropped by a back-pedalling Waller in the 70th over. M’shangwe had been the unlucky bowler, but managed to set things right in his next over as Mahmudullah holed out at mid-on for 71, having added only eight runs off 29 balls to his overnight score.

M’shangwe had himself to blame for his next slice of misfortune when he dropped a leading edge from Shahadat Hossain off his own bowling. But Masakadza came to Zimbabwe’s rescue when he caught a one-handed stinger at long-on to get rid of Shahadat and give M’shangwe his fourth wicket.

The win has moved Bangladesh off the bottom of the ICC Test rankings. Zimbabwe occupy that position now, no matter what happens in Chittagong. The challenge for Mushfiqur Rahim’s men now is building on this success, especially with much stronger oppositions like India and Australia scheduled to play them in 2015.

Australia fail in their homeland as South Africa win the first T20 with an over to spare

Live Score - Australia vs South Africa, 1st T20Rilee Rossouw blazed 78 on his Twenty20 debut and shared a 129-run second-wicket stand with Quinton de Kock, who scored 46 from 39 balls, as South Africa opened the three-match series with a seven-wicket win over Australia.

Australia batted first on Wednesday and was restricted to 144-6 from 20 overs, with Shane Watson scoring 47 and James Faulkner unbeaten on 41.

It was nowhere near enough on a batting-friendly pitch at the Adelaide Oval, with the South Africans reaching 145-3 with an over to spare.

Rossouw reached his half century from 32 balls and finished with 78 from 50 deliveries, including three sixes and seven boundaries.

The second game will be on Friday at Melbourne.