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Australian cricketer Phil Hughes passes away after bouncer knock-out

Sydney: Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who was struck on the head by a cricket ball died in hospital, authorities said Thursday.

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The incident took place when Hughes was playing in a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Phillip Hughes has a fractured skull and suffered catastrophic bleeding in his brain, reports said Thursday.

Phil Hughes
Phil Hughes. Pic/ AFP

Hughes has died, said Cricket Australia in a statement Thursday.

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"He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday," Sydney Morning Herald cited the statement as saying.

"He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends. As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip's family and friends at this incredibly sad time."

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Hughes, 25, who was due to celebrate his 26th birthday this weekend, has been in an induced coma since the accident Tuesday afternoon.

Factfile on Australian batsman Phil Hughes:

Name: Phillip Joel Hughes
Birthdate: November 30, 1988 (age 25)
Birthplace: Macksville, New South Wales
Style: Left-handed opening batsman
Batting figures (matches, innings, not outs, runs, highest score, average, 100s, 50s, caught)
Tests: 26 49 2 1535 160 32.65 3 7 15
ODIs: 25 24 1 826 138* 35.91 2 4 5 T20s: 1 1 0 6 6 6.00 0 0 0
First class: 113 208 14 8960 243* 46.18 26 45 72
Test debut: South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, February 2009
Last Test: England v Australia at Lord's, July 2013
ODI debut: Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne, January 2013
Last ODI: Australia v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, October 2014

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