Australian batsman Phil Hughes, who was playing for South Australia against New South Wales in a Sheffield Shield game at the SCG, was reportedly in a critical condition after being struck on his head by a bouncer from Seam Abbott yesterday (25-11-2014).

The 25-year-old cricketer was wearing a helmet as he attempted to hook a rising fast delivery from Abbott and was hit on the side of his head instead. He stood on the pitch for a few moments, gathered himself before collapsing face first on the ground.

Hughes was treated on the field immediately and was then taken to the boundary for further aid. With three ambulances and a medical helicopter on standby for emergency during the match, Hughes was transferred to a St. Vincent’s Hospital nearby.

David Faktor, a hospital spokesperson said “He arrived in a critical condition and remains in a critical condition. When he arrived he underwent a set of scans to establish the extent of his injuries and then a decision was made to perform surgery. All I could confirm is that he did sustain a head injury and that he is in a critical condition at the moment. I understand he was ventilated at the scene and arrived at St Vincent’s already ventilated and on life support and he underwent scans and then he went to surgery”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil Hughes right now. We are also thinking of his family, team mates and friends in the Australian cricket family. His welfare is our highest priority. We’re also naturally concerned about all of those involved in today’s game and will be giving them our utmost support,” Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland.

Play was suspended and the match at the SCG was abandoned. Hughes also received wishes from people across the world. If Michael Clarke is ruled unfit ahead of the first test, Hughes was expected to replace him. 

The live footage of Hughes’ deadly bouncer: