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Update:

Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes is not breathing on his own, according to broadcaster Alan Jones.

Jones, a friend of the cricketer, said on air this morning that medical technology is currently breathing for Hughes — and added that “today is a critical day” for the 25-year-old batsman.

“What happened is that the blow from the cricket ball damaged … a major artery in the back of his head and that caused bleeding over the skull and prevented blood from going to the brain,” Jones said, as Fairfax reports. “Today is a critical day. I repeat, this is much more serious than anyone imagined. Medical technology is currently breathing for him. The brain is very sick and we pray for miracles.”

Hughes remains in an induced coma.

Previously, Mamamia reported…

Questions have been raised about why an ambulance took 23 minutes to reach Sydney Cricket Ground after Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was hit by a bouncer during a match on on Tuesday — despite the nearest ambulance station being just 800m away.

News.com.au reports Health Minister Jillian Skinner last night said she would meet with the state’s ambulance commissioner following the revelation.

In a string of events labelled “farcical” by news.com.au, NSW Ambulance also originally claimed it had not received an emergency call for 14 minutes — also it later clarified that assertion, saying it had received two calls for assistance, with the first call being just six minutes after the incident.

Previously, Mamamia wrote: 

A single rogue ball was all it took to leave one man fighting for his life and another completely shattered.

Australians are still reeling from the freak accident that left cricketer Phil Hughes with a life-threatening head injury and in an induced coma after undergoing surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital on Tuesday.

We’ve all seen the sickening footage of the moment Hughes staggered and fell face first onto the pitch – as his mother and sister watched on – after being hit on the head by a bouncer delivered by Sean Abbott.

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But as we anxiously scan news updates for any word on Hughes’ condition, we also feel desperately, desperately sorry for the man who unwittingly delivered the blow to his friend and former team-mate.

It’s hard to imagine the shock and grief Sean Abbott must be feeling, and today, the whole country is standing behind both young men.phil hughes injury

Because this could happen to anyone. Cricket is the great Australian pastime. Chances are you grew up playing it at school or in your own backyard. And if you’re not keen on the game yourself, you probably know someone who is.

This is a terribly sad and completely unexpected accident, especially for a sport which is usually believed to be safe.

Our thoughts are as much with Sean Abbott as they are with Phil Hughes.

1. The man behind the bat: Phillip Joel Hughes.

The 25-year-old batsman was born in the rural town of Macksville on the NSW north coast on November 30, 1988. But he moved to the big smoke of Sydney at 16 to pursue his passion for the sport that could cost him his life.

phil hughes injuryYet he is a country boy through and through. His nickname is Boof. His dad Greg is a banana farmer. And in 2009 after making his Test debut for Australia at the age of 20, he celebrated in the most Aussie way possible – by doing a celebratory lap of the local oval on the back of a ute.

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He stands at just 1.67m, but what he lacks in height he makes up for in his passion for the sport and his reputation as a genuinely nice guy. In a news.com.au article, Anthony Sharwood described him as having “a heart of gold” and in the cricketing world, he is known for his self-confidence, upbeat attitude and determination.

His quirky, unorthodox style has earned him a reputation as an underdog, which has endeared him to the public over the years, and fans and cricketing legends alike have taken to social media to wish “Hughesy” a speedy recovery.

2. The man behind the ball: Sean Anthony Abbott.

Abbott delivered the blow that felled Hughes just weeks after making his Twenty20 and one-day international debuts for Australia. Not much is known about the up-and-comer, besides the fact that before this, his future looked very bright.

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The 22-year-old was born in a leap year on 29 February, 1992 in Windsor, NSW. He started playing for NSW at the age of 18.

Abbott was the first to rush to Hughes’ side after he collapsed and was seen cradling his head and later helping his mate onto a stretcher. He was visibly distressed and is receiving counselling as the cricketing community unites behind him.

Cricketer Marcus North described him on Twitter as a “great young kid” while Adam Gilchrist urged him to “stay strong” and Dean Jones’ touchingly Tweeted that it was “Not your fault young man”.

By all reports, Hughes and Abbott are two thoroughly good men.

Neither of them deserved this.

And both of them will be needing all the support they can get in the days and weeks to come.

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