Australian cricketer is ‘critical’

Hughes - hit by bouncer

Hughes - hit by bouncer

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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.

“He is in a critical condition and undergoing surgery,” said hospital spokesman David Faktor in quotes on Cricket Australia’s official website.

“He underwent a set of scans to assess the injury.”

The left-hander, on 63 at the time, put a hand on his knee after being struck before falling face first to the ground.

He was then given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and oxygen on the boundary line after being stretchered off the pitch, and was then taken to nearby St Vincent’s hospital.

The South Australian Cricket Association’s general manager high performance Tim Nielsen added: “As you’re aware Phil Hughes was injured today and he’s undergoing surgery.

“The outcome of that surgery is unlikely to be known for 24-48 hours, we ask you to respect the privacy of his family and friends