Oz cricketer Hughes critical after being hit by bouncer

Oz cricketer Hughes critical after being hit by bouncer

 Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was in critical condition in a Sydney hospital on Tuesday after undergoing emergency surgery for a sickening head injury sustained when struck by a bouncer during a domestic match.

The 25-year-old was transferred to St Vincent’s hospital’s intensive care unit after surgery and his condition was not expected to become clear for 24-48 hours. “He is still critical, he is in ICU,” a hospital spokesman said.

Fitted with a ventilator to aid his breathing, Hughes was rushed from the Sydney Cricket Ground in an induced coma, having collapsed to the ground when struck in the helmet by a short-pitched delivery from New South Wales fast bowler Sean Abbott.

Hughes, touted to replace injured Australia captain Michael Clarke for next week’s Test match against India, had scored 63 runs for South Australia before being hit.
Apparently dazed by the blow, the left-hander stooped over and put his hands on his knees before falling face first onto the pitch.

This led to players and medical staff rushing to his aid.The seriousness of Hughes’s injury shocked seasoned cricket writers and players alike.

“Thoughts are with Phil Hughes. Terrible to see and just shows how dangerous our game can be,” Australia legspinner James Muirhead tweeted.

After the blow, Hughes was placed on a motorised stretcher and taken to the boundary where medical staff performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before he was rushed to hospital by ambulance.

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