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Players who witnessed South Australia batsman Phillip Hughes’ horrific injury against New South Wales have been offered counselling.
Hughes underwent surgery earlier today after being struck on the side of the head by New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.
After being hit, Hughes stumbled around before collapsing face first onto the pitch. Since he was laying motionless on the field, Hughes received mouth to mouth resuscitation by Cricket New South Wales doctor John Orchard before being administered oxygen.
Just a short while later, Hughes was tended to by three ambulances and a medivac helicopter before he was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital by ambulance. As a result of the tragic event, play was suspended for the day with South Australia on 136/2.
“We were obviously shocked to learn of the seriousness of the incident involving Phil,” Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) chief executive Alastair Nicholson said. “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.”
Hughes is currently in the intensive care unit in serious condition.