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Australia leg-spin king Shane Warne has announced that what happened to batsman Phillip Hughes was nothing more than a freak accident.
Hughes, who was playing for South Australia, underwent surgery earlier today after being struck on the side of the head by New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.
“We’ve seen a lot of people get hit in the head in cricket and the helmets do a wonderful job and we’re lucky we have them,” Warne said. “I think this was one of those freak ones that happen and it was just a shock to see the pictures of him falling flat on his face – that was terrible to see.
“We hope he’s ok and it’s nice that the cricket family all over the world, not just in Australia, is sending wishes to Phil Hughes.
“It’s so sad to hear that someone playing sport has been hit and is in intensive care in hospital. Phil Hughes is a good guy and he was about to get back in the Australian Test side next week.
“It has shocked everybody and our hearts and prayers and wishes go out to him and his family. He is a wonderfully talented cricketer – he’s made over 20 first-class hundreds. He’s been in and out of the side for a while but it looked like he was going to get back into the Australian side and hopefully cement his spot in the team.
“It’s tragic news and we are keeping everything crossed; we’re sending him all of our wishes and hoping he makes a full recovery.”