Australian batsman Phillip Hughes has passed away aged 25.
The world of cricket is in mourning today after the untimely passing of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes. The 25-year-old suffered a blow to the head two days ago whilst playing domestic cricket in Sydney and never regained consciousness.
He collapsed almost immediately after a short delivery from Sean Abbott missed his helmet, striking him in the back of the head, during a Sheffield Shield game between South Australia and New South Wales.
Hughes played domestic cricket in England for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire.
A talented batsman with his greater years ahead of him his death has sent shockwaves through the sport.
Hughes played 26 tests and made history in only his second test - becoming the youngest man to score two centuries in a single test, aged just 20.
He also shared a memorable then world record 10th wicket partnership of 163 with Ashton Agar against England in the 2013 Ashes series.
Michael Clarke, Australia cricket captain, read out an emotional statement on behalf of his parents Greg and Virginia, sister Megan and brother Jason:
"We're devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother, Phillip. It's been a very difficult few days.
"We appreciate all the support we have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public.
"Cricket was Phillip's life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him. We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent's Hospital and Cricket New South Wales medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you."
Tributes have been paid on Twitter by the cricketing family here in the UK and abroad as the sport loses a potential great, with so much time left in his career and, tragically, his life.
Totally saddened by the passing of our cricket brother and friend Phil Hughes. Terrible loss! Deepest condolences 2 his family! #RIPHughes— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) November 27, 2014
Just an absolute tragedy that Hughesy is no longer with us. He was such an awesome young man, RIP buddy, shattered... http://t.co/avDtc8deoR— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) November 27, 2014
We all play cricket as a family... Really sad & shocked with the news of Phil Hughes.. Special Condolences to his whole family.. Wil miss u— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) November 27, 2014
RIP Phil Hughes. Honour and a pleasure to have had chance to meet and play against you. pic.twitter.com/JaEvx26IeV— Geraint Jones (@Gojones623) November 27, 2014
Desperate desperate news about phil Hughes. Can't imagine what his family must be going through.— Rob Key (@robkey612) November 27, 2014
Can't quite believe the news. Devastating. My thoughts go out to Phil Hughes' family and friends. Thoughts also with Sean Abbott.— James Anderson (@jimmy9) November 27, 2014
Thoughts and prayers go out to Phil Hughes and his family .— Liam plunkett (@Liam628) November 27, 2014
Absolute tragedy. RIP Phil Hughes. The lad was a great player. Taken far too early. Thoughts to his family and his team mates.— Andrew Gale (@GaleyLad) November 27, 2014