Hughes in critical condition after being hit by bouncer

In this Dec. 14, 2012 file photo, Australia's Phil Hughes ducks under a bouncer from Sri Lanka's Shaminda Eranga on the first day of their cricket test match at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Test hopeful Hughes has been taken to a Sydney hospital after being struck on the head while batting during a domestic first-class match on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.  

Australia Test batsman Phil Hughes has been rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital in critical condition after being knocked out by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and NSW at the SCG here on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old collapsed after being struck on the side of the head by a Sean Abbott delivery and was stretchered from the ground. He is currently undergoing surgery and according to Ambulance officials he was in a critical condition.

A statement issued by South Australia Cricket Association said: “On behalf of the SACA Board and administration, our thoughts and prayers are with Phil Hughes and his family at this time.

“Phil suffered an injury to his head from a delivery Phil has been taken to hospital in Sydney and has been accompanied by family members and SACA General Manager High Performance, Tim Nielsen.”

The South Australia Cricket Association CEO, Keith Bradshaw, spoke briefly to the media, saying he’s “very shocked” and “very upset” by the incident.

He said the outcome of Hughes’ surgery is unlikely to be known for 24-48 hours.

Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland also spoke to reporters.

“To be honest it sends shudders through you a little bit,” he said.

“Pleasingly there was medical attention he was able to receive immediately at the ground.

“All we know is that it’s serious and he’s fortunate to be in the best possible place right now with experts all around him,” he said.

Hughes was given CPR on the stretcher as he came off the field, with Australian opener David Warner alongside him.

At least three ambulances and a helicopter were on hand to treat the 25-year-old and transport him to St Vincent’s Hospital.

Australian captain Michael Clarke was one of the first people to rush to the hospital and is currently with Hughes’s sister and mother Virginia who were at the SCG on Tuesday.

Indian cricketers wish Phil Hughes’ speedy recovery

The Indian cricket team has extended its best wishes to injured Australian cricketer Phil Hughes and his family and prayed for his speedy recovery.

“The touring Indian cricket team extends 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,” Indian cricket team released a statement through Cricket Australia.

Thoughts and prayers with Hughes

David Warner @davidwarner31: Thoughts are with my little mate Hughsy and his family. He is a fighter and a champion and he will get through this. Praying for you buddy.

Glenn McGrath @glennmcgrath11: Our thoughts are with Phillip Hughes & his family. Wishing him a quick & full recovery.

Matthew Hayden AM þ@HaydosTweets: Thoughts and prayers with Phil Hughes and his family tonight, fight hard mate Baggy Green style.

Adam Gilchrist @gilly381: Dear Lord, if ever the need for footprints in the sand, it's now #PhilHughes #courage #strength.

Shane Warne @ShaneWarne: Just heard the news about Phil Hughes, thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Hang in there buddy, we are all fighting with u !!!

Sanjay Manjrekar @sanjaymanjrekar: I join many others in praying for Phil Hughes’ recovery.

Michael Vaughan @MichaelVaughan: Just woke to the Devastating news about Phil Hughes... Thoughts are with his family... #CricketFamily.

Dwayne Bravo @Newbigdog: Best wishes to Phil Hughes gods blessings over him.

Virat Kohli @imVkohli: Thoughts and prayers with Phil Hughes all the way. Fight it out mate. You are a top man. All the strength goes out to you and your family.

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