Hughes in critical condition after being hit on the head

"He's undergoing diagnostic scans at the moment and then following that a decision is made to either go to surgery or ICU"

“He’s undergoing diagnostic scans at the moment and then following that a decision is made to either go to surgery or ICU”

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South Australia batsman Phillip Hughes has been rushed to hospital in critical condition after being hit on the side of the head by New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.

Hughes was on 63 when he tried to hook a bouncer bowled by Abbott, but he missed and it ended up hitting him on the side of the head.

After being hit, Hughes stumbled around for short while before collapsing face first onto the pitch.

Hughes was immediately tended to by three ambulances and a medivac helicopter before he was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital by ambulance at 3.05pm.

In fact, it has also been revealed that Hughes received mouth to mouth resuscitation by Cricket New South Wales doctor John Orchard before being administered oxygen.

“He’s undergoing diagnostic scans at the moment and then following that a decision is made to either go to surgery or ICU,” St Vincent’s Hospital spokesman David Faktor said.

It has also been announced that Australia captain Michael Clarke arrived at St Vincent’s Hospital shortly after Hughes was rushed there.

Following the tragic incident, play was abandoned for the day with South Australia on 136/2.

“Phil Hughes has been taken to St Vincent’s hospital and clearly the priority is Phil’s health,” a Cricket New South Wales spokesman said. “We want to keep his family fully informed.

“We don’t have any update on his health at the moment. Dr Orchard the doctor on duty has gone with Phil to the hospital and when he is in a position to he will provide a statement on his condition. Until then we can’t say any more.”

The South Australian Cricket Association added: “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 during today’s Bupa Sheffield Shield match at the SCG. Phil has been taken to hospital in Sydney and has been accompanied by family members and SACA General Manager High Performance, Tim Nielsen.”

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