Entire Sheffield Shield round abandoned

“It’s just not the day to be playing cricket”

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Cricket Australia have decided to abandon all ongoing Sheffield Shield matches following South Australia batsman Phillip Hughes’ horrific injury.

Hughes underwent surgery yesterday after being struck on the side of the head by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.

Hughes is currently in the intensive care unit at St Vincent’s Hospital and is in critical condition.

The game between South Australia and New South Wales was abandoned just a short while after Hughes was rushed to hospital.

Cricket Australia subsequently decided that it would be inappropriate and disrespectful to let the matches between Victoria and Western Australia and Tasmania and Queensland proceed following Hughes’ injury.

As a result of this, each team will receive one point.

“We’ve spoken to players and the ACA, and given how players across the country are feeling right now, it’s just not the day to be playing cricket and we understand that,” Cricket Australia’s team performance manager Pat Howard said. “We are continuing to offer all players and match officials counselling and support at this difficult time.

“Phillip Hughes continues to receive the best possible medical care. The thoughts of his teammates and the wider cricket community are with Phillip and his family and friends.”

Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) chief executive Alistair Nicholson stated that he supported Cricket Australia’s decision to abandon all the matches.

“The ACA supports Cricket Australia’s decision to abandon the remaining matches in this round of the Sheffield Shield,” he said. “We note that the advice of experts and the thoughts of the players were given strong consideration in this decision.

“We agree that given the unique and very serious nature of this situation, players and officials are best placed surrounded by family and friends, supporting one another and sending their best wishes Phillip’s way.

“The ACA is continuing to provide counselling support for players and their families, and extends this support to any former players who may be affected by the events in Sydney.”

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