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Legendary England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham has announced that his thoughts and prayers are with Australia batsman Phillip Hughes and his family after he suffered a horrific injury during a Sheffield Shield match.
Hughes, who was playing for South Australia, underwent surgery earlier today after being hit on the side of the head by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.
While many people have taken to social media to wish Hughes a speedy recovery, Botham noted that it is important to spare a thought for Abbott as well.
“Spare a thought for the young bowler as well – it will be a nasty experience for him and a nasty experience for everybody,” Botham told Sky Sports. “But fingers crossed that everything will be fine. They were on the scene very quickly. It’s a terrible thing to happen but it’s a physical sport and these things do happen, so our thoughts go out to the family of Phillip Hughes.
“You are never 100 per cent safe in any professional sport, particularly if there is physical contact and there is physical contact – that cricket ball is small, it’s hard and it hurts.
“So we’ll keep our fingers crossed; it’s all we can do. He’s probably in the best hands available so be thankful that it happened where it happened, if it’s going to happen.”