The Australian opener Philip Hughes  has died as a result of the injury that he  had sustained when struck by a bouncer on Tuesday, Cricket Australia has confirmed. He was just 25 years of age,and was just days away from celebrating his 26th birthday, and also perhaps a Test recall.

Team doctor Peter Brukner had  confirmed the news in a statement which has been  released on Thursday afternoon by Cricket Australia .

“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes has  passed away,” Brukner said. “He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday afternoon. He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his close friends and his family.

Phillip Hughes was the victim  of a freakish accident, the kind that is rarely seen, and has only once before been recorded as a result of being struck by a ball. So far there have been at most only 100 such cases all over the world.

“Phillip took the blow at the side of his neck and as a result of that blow his vertebral artery, one of the main arteries leading to the brain, was compressed by the ball,” Peter Brukner, the Cricket Australia doctor  said on Thursday. “That caused the artery to split and for bleeding to go up into the brain. He had a massive bleed into his brain. This is frequently fatal at the time.

“As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time. Cricket Australia also  asked for the privacy of the Hughes family,  Aussie players and staff be respected.”

He  had  scored 26 first-class centuries and was a prolific scorer for New South Wales, for whom he had debuted at the young  age of 18, and later he had represented  South Australia. Hughes had been part of Australia’s most recent Test squad, for the series against Pakistan in the UAE, but he was not given a chance to play a Test in that Test series. He had been dropped from the Test team 5 times in his short career of 26 matches, but  the man never said a word and always tried proving the selectors by scoring bucketful of runs in the domestic championship.

Phillip Joel Hughes  you will always be remembered, Tests #408, ODI #198 T20I #70

Here’s a video paying special tribute to Phillip Hughes and his short and superb career: