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Bigfella
27 Nov 14,, 12:56
Australian batsman Philip Hughes is dead at age 25. On Tuesday he was struck on the head by fast bowler Sean Abbott during a game between South Australia & New South Wales. A short pitched ball hit him on the helmet just above the ear. After swaying on his feet for a few moments he pitched forward & fell unconscious on the pitch. Having played for NSW until recently Hughes had close friends on both sides. Australian opener David Warner screamed for an ambulance before sprinting to his friend's side. Hughes was taken to hospital where he remained in a coma until his death this afternoon. Apparently the type of injury is so rare that only 100 cases have ever been recorded worldwide. Usually it causes instant death.

Hughes was one of those sportsmen who arrives young, makes a splash and then never quite lives up to their early potential. He grew up on a banana farm in a small town in northern NSW. Like so many Aussie kids his parents drove him to cricket on weekends and supported his dreams. He was also a talented Rugby League player, and played with future star Greg Inglis. When his talent proved enough to warrant it he made the move to Sydney, where he found a spot at the same club as Michael Clarke, already an established batsman in the Australian side & soon to be captain. Hughes soon became like a younger brother to Clarke. he scored 141 on his grade cricket debut & didn't look back.

In 2009 Hughes scored 2 centuries in his second tests against the best bowling attack in the world (South Africa) on their home soil. he was the youngest player ever to score a century in each innings of a test. Most of the money from his first pay cheque for Australia went to buying gear for junior cricketers at his club. Unfortunately flaws in his technique were soon uncovered and he was in and out of the team thereafter. He was actually in the frame for a recall this summer before this tragedy.

By all accounts Phil Hughes was an absolutely lovely bloke who was unaffected by success. Every account speaks of a shy, polite & friendly young man. His death is being deeply felt not only in Australia, but throughout the international Cricket fraternity. There has been a stream of past & present sporting greats to and from the hospital. Cricket is truly the national sport in Australia and the shock & sadness is widely felt.

The other tragedy here is young fast bowler Sean Abbott. An up and coming bowler and former team mate of Hughes, he now has to live with the burden of killing a man he knew well. He has probably bowled thousands of balls just like the one that killed Phil Hughes. A freak accident. He has been at the hospital & has been comforted by Hughes' family.

Australia is scheduled to play India in a Test match in less than a week. At this stage it is unclear if that will go ahead. I suspect it will be played in tribute to Phil Hughes, though it is unsure if all Australian players will feel able to take the field.

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes dead at 25 (http://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/australian-cricketer-phillip-hughes-dead-at-25-20141127-11vd48.html)

Bigfella
27 Nov 14,, 13:12
Apparently New Zealand and Pakistan have suspended play for the day in their test in UAE out of respect. Hughes was in the UAE only a few months ago with the one day squad playing Pakistan.


10.45 am Play has been suspended for today. The match has been extended by a day, and tomorrow will be day two.
We will be back then. Good bye.
10.35 am Pakistan manager and chief selector Moin Khan: "Both Pakistan and New Zealand decided to suspend the first hour of play. The whole team is shocked and saddened. He was here with the Australia limited-overs squad and was very cheerful. He was always ready to talk about cricket."
9.50 am Play has been suspended in Sharjah after the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes. The Pakistan Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket will decide the future course of action.

Oracle
27 Nov 14,, 15:24
Tragic loss to Cricket. May he RIP.

DarthSiddius
27 Nov 14,, 16:17
Tragic, this hit me hard. I hope the bowler is coping well and not feeling guilty. It was a freak accident. Read it somewhere - Hughes will forever remain 63 not out at the SCG. RIP

Killer Whale
28 Nov 14,, 07:13
Do you think bounces at head height should be allowed to continue to be bowled in cricket?
In a normal bowl, if the batsman misjudges his timing, the worst that can happen is a wicket or injury. But bowling a hard ball at 130km/hr at someones head, one lapse in judgement by the batsman in a split of a second, the consequences can be deadly. Helmet safety has improved, but it does not provide full protection - moreover, wearing a groin protector in martial arts does not mean an opponent can strike you there.

I don't consider this a freak accident. In my junior days when I played cricket, I saw someone knocked out cold from a bouncer, who was fortunate to recover. And have often wondered how often or rare it occurs in the amateur level. What happened in Australia occurred to an elite athlete, who has a reaction time faster than most professional sportsman, and whereby the injury was so severe it resulted in death. While it is rare, the laws of probability suggested this was a matter if when, not if, for the cricketing world.

My heart goes out to Philip Hughes and his family. Australia has lost a talented young man.

Bigfella
28 Nov 14,, 10:45
Yes, I do think they should be allowed. It may sound harsh under the circumstances, but many professional sports contain an element of risk. It is actually one of the things that make them compelling. That isn't to say we shouldn't minimize the risk of fatal or serious long term injury. In cricket we have done that to a great extent with the use of helmets & padding. There may be some need to consider re-designs to protect this part of the head, but removing short pitched bowling from the game is a step too far.

Bigfella
28 Nov 14,, 10:57
Sometimes the internet can do remarkable things. Yesterday someone posted a photo online of a cricket bat & cap placed in tribute to Phillip Hughes. Today it is happening nationwide. Outside cricket grounds, cricket clubs, businesses, private homes and, poignantly, outside Phillip Hughes former school.

Cricket Australia has its headquarters a few metres from the Melbourne Cricket Ground, venue for the first ever game of Test Cricket & spiritual home of Australian Cricket. Today they put 63 bats in the window of their building, remembering the score Hughes was on when he was felled. I live nearby, so I went to take a photo. I wasn't the only one. As I walked away I noticed a private house around the corner had its own tribute. This event really has touched the nation.

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ambidex
28 Nov 14,, 22:45
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Sachin Tendulkar,

My bat when I was 25. RIP Phil. #putoutyourbats

Albany Rifles
28 Nov 14,, 23:18
Damn.

Sorry to hear about this.

Bigfella
29 Nov 14,, 00:21
This event has been a powerful reminder of just what a community international cricket truly is. Yesterday a match in Pakistan stopped for a minute's silence to remember Hughes. I doubt any of those present had even met him, but they felt the loss. A Test match was abandoned for the day. In games all over the world a minutes silence is being observed & black armbands are being worn. Bats with a cap draped over them are appearing all over the world.

To try to put this into perspective for Americans. Phillip Hughes wasn't a superstar of the game. He was talented but flawed. His record in Tests was, to be blunt, pretty ordinary. He had one shining moment at the start of his career & struggled since. He may still have been a great player, but he wasn't there yet. Imagine that a European or American basketballer with a similar record died on the court. Not a superstar, just a guy people liked. Would the reaction be worldwide & instant?

For some reason Phillip Hughes has touched people. I think part of it is that we all know that feeling of fear facing a bowler a bit too fast for us. I think another part of it is that Phillip Hughes seemed to be the eternal enthusiastic kid. He played a joyous game. No dour and contained, but attacking and fun. He was that little kid in all of us who dreams of one day playing for their nation. He was that little kid in all of us facing down fear on a cricket pitch. Perhaps the emotion we feel is that little kid in all of us crying, unable to comprehend what has happened to someone who still had much to offer the game we love.

Bigfella
30 Nov 14,, 00:32
There may be people here who didn't see much of Phillip Hughes batting or who are not familiar with cricket. This is a short segment from a news program that gives a little idea of why Hughes was probably the best loved in Australia. Look at that cheeky grin. Look at the way he played.

For non cricket folk a century is the highest achievement for a batsman. Even the best players don't so much better than one ever four matches (Don Bradman got 29 in 52 matches, but he was the best there will ever be). They are precious, and players are often cautious when they pass 90 runs. In his second Test Phillip Hughes found himself nearing a century, The way he chose to proceed (watch the video) tell you why people loved him. he played the way we all wish we could.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQVLKLCcXRc

Bigfella
30 Nov 14,, 00:35
This was Australian Captain Michael Clarke making a statement yesterday. it says everything.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw2NbTjHdN0

Bigfella
30 Nov 14,, 00:44
I'm proud to say that my old cricket club, the Reds, paid their own tribute.

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tankie
30 Nov 14,, 18:26
An Israeli umpire has been killed 2 days ago by a batsmans ball in Ashdod ?

Bigfella
30 Nov 14,, 20:47
An Israeli umpire has been killed 2 days ago by a batsmans ball in Ashdod ?

Apparently. Former Captain of the Israeli team. Sounds like a freak accident - ball may have ricocheted off the stumps. Very sad. Deaths aren't unknown at lower levels but are less common at first class level.

BBC News - Israeli cricket umpire killed by ball (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30260842)

Samuels creek
30 Nov 14,, 21:40
Do you think bounces at head height should be allowed to continue to be bowled in cricket?
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Apparently helmets are suppose to protect the area Hughes was hit, but because its so rare to be hit there designs have slowly crept in cutting corners. Players have given feedback to the manufacturers saying they want as little encumbrance as possible from these helmets, and the area Hughes got hit with is an area they find uncomfortable with a helmet.

If true, wanting to change a sport nearly 2 centuries old, steeped with tradition, probably the most international sport their is, girly talk.

Bigfella
10 Dec 14,, 11:09
For those who aren't likely to visit the 'Cricket' thread, I'll put a post here that gives a bit of closure to this story.

For two weeks now the world of International Cricket has reacted to on the life and sudden death of Phillip Hughes Some grieved, others reflected. Pakistan & New Zealand played out a joyless test. In the small town of Macksville 5000 cricketers, politicians & ordinary people remembered Phillip Hughes. Australian Captain Michael Clarke became out 'mourner in chief', putting into words what so many felt. All over the world cricket bats, often with hats placed upon them, have appeared in windows, outside homes, outside cricket grounds etc.

The moment everyone was really waiting for was when the Australian team took the field once again. Sometimes sport provides moments that nothing else can. Yesterday Australia and India began the first test of this summer, and one of the great cricket stories unfolded. Most of the Australian team had played with Hughes at some point, but Michael Clarke, David Warner & Steve Smith were especially close to him. Warner was on the field when he collapsed and helped to carry him off. Clarke sat for long hours by the bedside before the inevitable end. To add to the emotion, stand in Indian captain Virat Kohli was a friend & team mate of Hughes from his tie playing IPL in India. he too was at the funeral. Philip Hughes was given an honorary place in this Australian side. Australian shirts bore the number '408' and it was emblazoned on the field - Hughes was the 408th player to play Tests for Australia. Both teams are wearing black armbands. There was a short memorial before the game began. The scene was set.

Australia won the toss and batted. David Warner came out and immediately took control of the game, battering India's bowler's. A few wickets fell, but he pressed on. When he reached 50 he saluted the sky. At 63, the score Hughes was on when he was struck, he stopped and saluted again as the crowd applauded. Michael Clarke was at the other end. When he reached 100 he leaped in the air, kissed the Australian badge on his helmet and saluted his dead friend once again. He & Michael Clarke embraced emotionally. The drama continued when Clarke, batting well and on 60, had to retire hurt due to a recurrent back injury. Under other circumstances he might never have taken the field in this test, but these weren't other circumstances. Warner was joined by Steve Smith in the middle and they continued the plunder. When Warner was out on 144 he got a huge standing ovation. After the match he said that he felt his mate out there batting with him A few quick wickets followed. The day ended with a wicket so a new batsman would have to take the field today.

Today's play was yet another piece in a script you would never believe if it wasn't real. Overnight there had been speculation that Clarke's injury might not only prevent him from finishing out this Test, but might put him out for the season, and perhaps even the upcoming World Cup. This morning the Captain strode to the crease to resume his innings. With play constantly disrupted by rain, Clarke & Smith once again took to the Indian bowling. When Smith was on 98 the rain came down and he was forced to spend a while in the dressing room. The first ball he faced after the resumption of play gave him his century. He walked over to the giant '408' on the ground and pointed to it. Minutes later the rain fell again, this time leaving Clarke on 98. On this day there was only going to be one result - Clarke came out & made his century after hours watching the rain fall.

The three men closest to Phillip Hughes had all scored centuries. They had honoured their fallen mate in the best possible way. For the first time in over 120 years of Test cricket that 3 men from one State had scored centuries in he same innings. Whatever the result of this game, it will be talked about long after all who saw it are long gone. It was the game where India faced an extra player who guided his mates from above.

tankie
14 Dec 14,, 11:11
Apparently helmets are suppose to protect the area Hughes was hit, but because its so rare to be hit there designs have slowly crept in cutting corners. Players have given feedback to the manufacturers saying they want as little encumbrance as possible from these helmets, and the area Hughes got hit with is an area they find uncomfortable with a helmet.

If true, wanting to change a sport nearly 2 centuries old, steeped with tradition, probably the most international sport their is, girly talk.

Just how long in those 2 centuries have helmets been worn ? let me help you , 1st started to be worn by Patsy Hendren he was one of the first to use a self designed protective hat , then in 1970 consistently by Amiss , now , why is that dya think .