SYDNEY – Australia batsman Phil Hughes is in a critical condition and having surgery on a head injury after being struck by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match.
Despite wearing a helmet, the 25-year-old collapsed face first onto the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch, having been hit on the head after playing and missing at a bouncer from Sean Abbott.
The incident in the game between New South Wales and Hughes’ South Australia side prompted play to be abandoned for the day, while it was later announced the match has been postponed entirely as the players come to grips with what has happened.
Paramedics performed mouth to mouth resuscitation on Hughes and treated him on the boundary for around 40 minutes after he was taken from the field.
He arrived at St Vincent’s Hospital in nearby Darlinghurst), a hospital spokesperson confirmed that he was in a critical condition.
Hughes was hit by a delivery from New South Wales (NSW) paceman Sean Abbott and fell flat on his face while batting for South Australia on the first day of their Sheffield Shield match.
The opener had scored a composed 63 off 161 balls and looked to be in good form to claim Michael Clarke’s vacant Test batting spot in next week’s first Test against India.