Aussie cricketer Phil Hughes in critical condition

Aussie cricketer Phil Hughes in critical condition

Australian batsman Phil Hughes has undergone surgery at Sydney’s St Vincent’s hospital and remains in a critical condition, after being knocked out while batting for South Australia in their Sheffield Shield clash with NSW.

The 25-year-old was hit in the head by a bouncer from all-rounder Sean Abbott, causing him to fall face first on to the pitch, and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

He was wearing a helmet at the time, but was struck on his left ear, before falling face-first on to the ground.

St Vincent’s Hospital confirmed Hughes underwent initial scans, which indicated the need for surgery.

It believed the outcome of the surgery will not be known for 24-48 hours.

Cricket Australia and the South Australian Cricket Association have both released statements, extending their “thoughts and prayers” to Hughes and his family.

“His welfare is our highest priority,” CA chief executive James Sutherland said.

“We’re also naturally concerned about all of those involved in today’s game and will be giving them our utmost support.”

Hughes has scored 63 not out for SA on Day One of the Shield match, and was vying for a spot in the Australian test side, for the first match against India next week.

He had been touted as a likely replacement for captain Michael Clarke, if he is ruled out due to injury.

The remainder of the Sheffield Shield game has now been called off.

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