SYDNEY, Australia (Sporting Alert) — Cricket Australia has announced that Phillip Hughes passed away on Thursday after the batsman suffered injuries when he was hit in the head while batting for South Australia two days ago.
He was 25-years-old.
The top order batsman was hospitalized and underwent surgery immediately after the devastating incident on Tuesday and was in a critical condition.
And after failing to regained consciousness, the family made a heartbreaking decision.
“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away,” a statement from Cricket Australia team doctor Peter Brukner read.
“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.”
Following the news, the cricketing world took to Twitter to voiced their support to family and friends of Hughes.
“Such terrible news with the passing of Phil Hughes,” former Australian bowler Glenn McGrath said on Twitter account. “Our deepest sympathies to his family.”
“RIP you little champ, we are all going to miss you ! Love, prayers to all the Hughes family,” Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann said.
“Just heard the worst news possible,” Sri Lanka veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardena said on Twitter.
“Our thoughts & prayers are with Phil, his family & friends. RIP Phil Hughes!!
Australian batsman and captain Michael Clarke, who is a very close friend of Hughes, as well as national wicketkeeper/vice-captain Brad Haddin, were among those who visited Hughes while he was in the hospital on Wednesday.