Australia’s Hughes in ICU after horror bouncer

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Australia batsman Phil Hughes is in critical condition in a Sydney hospital after being struck on the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game on Tuesday, and the player is on life support.

Hughes was playing for South Australia against New South Wales, and had made a half century, when he was hit by a Sean Abbott short ball. He bent over for a few second before collapsing face down, and he needed CPR on the field.

After being tended to for 40 minutes on the sidelines, Hughes was taken to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He was moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) afterwards, with his family in attendance.

South Australia's performance manager Tim Nielsen read out a statement saying: "The outcome of the surgery is unlikely to be known for the next 24-48 hours.

"We would appreciate it if you would look after the family and friends and respect their privacy please."

Meanwhile, support flooded in from around Australia and the world, with Twitter inundated with messages of the support for the young batsman. The higher-ups were also quick to send supportive missives.

CA boss James Sutherland said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil Hughes right now. We are also thinking of his family, team mates and friends in the Australian cricket family.

"His welfare is our highest priority. We're also naturally concerned about all of those involved in today's game and will be giving them our utmost support."

Australian Cricketers' Association Chief Alastair Nicholson also sent his support to Hughes. He said: "We were obviously shocked to learn of the seriousness of the incident involving Phil.   

"While we have faith that he's receiving the best available treatment, the situation will impact his family, friends, and those directly involved on the field. The ACA is therefore working closely with CA to arrange the appropriate counselling for those affected.  

"Naturally our thoughts are with him and we wish him well from all the ACA members."

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