Phillip Hughes dies aged only 25 #RIPPhillipHughes Tributes pour in.

Phillip Hughes has died as a result of the injuries he sustained when struck by a bouncer on Tuesday, Cricket Australia has confirmed. He was 25.

Team doctor Peter Brukner confirmed the news in a statement: “It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away. 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.”

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland has expressed the game’s devastation at the passing of Phillip Hughes today aged 25.

“The word tragedy gets used far too often in sport but this freak accident is now a real-life tragedy. Just shy of his 26th birthday, Phillip has been taken from us far too young,” Sutherland said. “It’s an understatement to say that we are completely devastated. Our grief runs deep and the impact of Phillip’s loss is enormous but nothing compares to the loss felt by those closest to him.

“Phillip was a cherished son, brother, friend and team mate.

“In these darkest of hours cricket puts its collective arms around the Hughes family. To his parents Virginia and Greg and siblings Megan and Jason we offer our love and endless support.

“As a cricketer, Phillip was an incredibly talented and dearly loved member of the Australian, South Australian and Adelaide Strikers squads and a former NSW representative. He also played county cricket in England and IPL in India. Without doubt he was a rising star whose best cricket was still ahead of him.

“Hughesy, Huey or Hue-Dog as he was known to many of his mates was much-loved. You only have to sift through the thousands of messages of support, prayers and well wishes for Phillip from cricketers and supporters the world over to understand the affection felt towards him.

“He will forever be remembered as one of the elite few to have worn the Baggy Green cap – cap 408 to be precise. He was a hero to kids around the nation, particularly those in the region around his home town of Macksville in New South Wales that he did so proud in his 26 Test matches – a tally that looked certain to grow, but now sadly never will.

“The National Selectors had certainly identified him as having a long-term future in the game. It was only a few days ago when announcing the first Test team for the forthcoming Indian series that National Selector Rod Marsh said, ‘He’s a helluva good batsman. He is a very, very good young player who has got 26 first-class hundreds.’

“We all vividly remember his explosive entrance to Test cricket. In 2009, in only his second Test and at the tender age of 20, Phillip blasted back-to-back centuries against South Africa and only last year showed his class again when he became the first Australian batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score a century on debut.

“But it was Phillip as a person that we will miss most. He was a classic example of his country upbringing – humble, understated and hard working. When the chips were down or he had a setback he simply got on with the job and worked harder. He set a wonderful example to any young person seeking to make their way in life.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to send our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s teammates at a national, state and grade level as well as the wider New South Wales and South Australian cricket communities.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the Phillip’s teammates and opponents, the Australian cricket’s medical staff and those at St Vincent’s hospital in Sydney for the care they showed him. And as I said earlier our hearts go out to the Hughes family right now.

“Phillip Joel Hughes played 26 Test matches for his country. He will be sadly missed and forever remembered.”

The Western Australian Cricket Association joined the Australian cricket family in extending its deepest sympathies to the Hughes family following the passing of Phillip this afternoon.

WACA CEO Ms Christina Matthews said: “This tragic event and this afternoon’s news has touched us all deeply. Phillip was much more than a respected cricketer, he was a much loved person and his loss is truly saddening.

“I am sure I speak for all of Western Australian cricket when I say that we will miss him and our thoughts are with Phillip’s family and friends and all those affected at this difficult time.”

MCC has expressed its deepest sadness at the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes. The MCC flag at Lord’s has been lowered in respect. The left-handed opening batsman had a successful stint at Lord’s for Middlesex in 2009 and is remembered fondly by those who he befriended during that time.

MCC President David Morgan, who watched Hughes’ Test debut in South Africa, said: “This devastating loss has shocked the cricket world, and on behalf of MCC I offer our condolences to his family and friends.

“I well remember his first series in South Africa. Phillip was a fine cricketer and one who we will tragically never have the chance to see batting again here at the Home of Cricket. Cricket can be a dangerous sport, but for a talented young man to lose his life playing the game he loved is beyond most people’s comprehension. Known as he was to so many at Lord’s, this news will be hard felt.”

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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