November 27, 2014
Today the cricketing world has woken up to the death of Australian batsmen Phil Hughes. He was hit on the head two days ago by a vicious bouncer in a Sheffield Shield game at the SCG. He was taken to hospital after collapsing and losing consciousness very soon after being hit. He never woke up.
Since then support has come in for him from all over the cricketing world. It has really proved that cricket is not just a game. This tragedy has brought the community together. Play has been suspended and minute silences held all over the world.
Our thoughts go out to his team mates, friends and most of all his family. They have lost a son of 25 years of age, playing a sport he loved. He will be a huge loss and sadly missed.
The left-handed opening batsman, who played 26 Tests, 25 one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international for his country, made his international debut at the age of 20 against South Africa in 2009.
In a sport that is relatively safe. Incidents do happen but nothing of this magnitude has happened for a long time. With equipment becoming a lot safer to use than it was in the good old days, we never expected this. It’s shocked everyone!
Also spare a thought for young Sean Abbot who delivered the ball which proved to be fatal. He cannot be blamed, as it is a part of the game. Let us hope that he gets all the support he needs to continue to blossom in his career.
The delivery called a bouncer is essential part of a fast bowler’s armoury and should continue to be so. All the talk of restrictions being imposed on short pitched deliveries has surfaced because of this tragedy. Do we truly believe that changing the rules is the right way to go? We should continue to play the game the way we do and in the right spirit more so now because of what happened to Phil.
This was a freak accident and one we hope never to see again.
Phillip Joel Hughes (30 Nov 1988-27 Nov 2014)
May he rest in peace