Phillip Hughes continues to fight for his life in St Vincent’s Hospital, one day after he was struck on the head by a cricket ball in a freak accident while playing in a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The 25-year-old remained in an induced coma on Wednesday afternoon, Cricket Australia team doctor, Peter Brukner, said.
“Phillip’s condition is unchanged and he remains critical,” Dr Brukner said.
“If there are any further developments we will let you know immediately.”
Hughes was batting for South Australia in the match against NSW when a delivery from bowler Sean Abbott struck him on the head.
He paused for breath with his hands on his knees before collapsing face-first into the pitch. Players and officials rushed to his aid.
NSW team doctor John Orchard worked on Hughes while he was still on the field before he was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
He underwent emergency surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain.
The match was abandoned.
Cricket NSW assembled the Blues players and staff at the club’s headquarters in Moore Park on Wednesday morning to ensure they were getting all the counselling and support they needed.
“[The NSW players] are doing it tough obviously,” Cricket NSW boss Andrew Jones told Triple M radio.
“They were pretty shaken up yesterday – it’s not what you expect to happen in a game of cricket.
“Phil was in a pretty bad way when it happened and … they were the first responders … the first guys on the scene of what was a horrible accident.”
Hughes previously played for NSW for five seasons and has many good mates in the Blues team, including David Warner and Brad Haddin.
Earlier on Wednesday, Dr Brukner said Hughes would “have further scans later on today and we hope to be able to provide you with some more information following the scans”.
The cricketing world is rallying around Hughes, from his junior club in country NSW to the Indian Test team.
His mother and sister are keeping a vigil by his bedside, while his father is expected to arrive in Sydney on Wednesday from the family home in Macksville, on the NSW mid-north coast.
Australian captain Michael Clarke and wicketkeeper Haddin visited the hospital early on Wednesday, while messages of support have poured in from around the world for the left-hander, who is due to celebrate his 26th birthday on Sunday.
The Indian cricket team, which is preparing for a Test series against Australia, issued a statement extending its “best wishes to Phil Hughes and his family at this time”.
“We join with the rest of the cricket community around the world to offer our support and prayers to Phil and his family as well as our friends within Australian Cricket,” the statement said.
Among the international cricketers posting messages of support online were Ashes opponents, including England pacemen Stuart Broad and James Anderson, and former England captain Michael Vaughan.
The club Hughes played with as a junior in Macksville said the young players were feeling the effects of what had happened to their sporting idol.
“He has been a massive part of our club’s growth and success over the last few years and is much adored by all our young cricketers,” Macksville Juniors president Thomas Mann said.
“All our thoughts and prayers are with Phillip and the Hughes family.”
Cricket Australia said on Wednesday it had abandoned round four of the Sheffield Shield after consultation with players and the Australian Cricketers’ Association.
“We’ve spoken to players and the ACA and, given how players across the country are feeling right now, it’s just not the day to be playing cricket and we understand that,” Pat Howard, Cricket Australia’s executive general manager of team performance, said.
“We are continuing to offer all players and match officials counselling and support at this difficult time.
“Phillip Hughes continues to receive the best possible medical care. The thoughts of his teammates and the wider cricket community are with Phillip and his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Source: The Age