Australia cricketer Phil Hughes in critical condition after being struck by ball in head

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Australian batsman Phil Hughes is in critical condition in hospital after being struck in the head by a ball during a Sheffield Shield game at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The 25 year old was hit by a bouncer from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott despite wearing a helmet.

No blame can be attributed to Abbot in what can only be described as a freak incident. The ball connected with the back lower left side of Hughes' head. He collapsed on the field and was immediately stretchered off and rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney.

Emergency surgery was performed on Hughes' arrival at the hospital before bing put into a medically induced coma. Australian media have also reported that Hughes was not breathing on the field at one point shortly after collapsing and he needed mouth to mouth resuscitation

Cricket Australia team doctor Peter Brukner has said "Unless there is any significant change there will be no further updates on his condition until tomorrow. Phillip is receiving the best possible medical care. The thoughts of his team-mates and the wider cricket community are with Phillip and his family and friends at this difficult time."

Messages of support and well wishes have poured in for Hughes from some of cricket's biggest stars. Shane Warne tweeted "Just heard the news about Phil Hughes, thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Hang in there buddy, we are all fighting with u !!!", Michael Vaughan offered "Just woke to the Devastating news about Phil Hughes... Thoughts are with his family... #CricketFamily" while Steve Smith said "My thoughts are with hughesy and his family. He has always been a fighter and I'm sure he will fight his way through this tough time."

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