Wednesday 21 February 2018 / 08:35 AM

Phil Hughes moved to Intensive Care Unit

This afternoon Phil Hughes was rushed to St Vincent Hospital in Sydney after being struck in the head by NSW paceman Sean Abbot in a Sheffield Shield game at the SCG today.

Hughes arrived in a critical condition and immediately underwent surgery. He is now out of surgery and has been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit.

The outcome of the procedure is unlikely to be known for the next 24-48 hours.

Cricket NSW says the game was cancelled out of respect for Phil and his family.

Hughes turns 26 this coming Sunday (30th November).

Our thoughts go out to Phil, his family, and Sean Abbott.

Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) have released a statement regarding the situation:

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland today extended his best wishes to Southern Redbacks batsman Phil Hughes who was injured in today’s Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Sutherland said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil Hughes right now. We are also thinking of his family, teammates and friends in the Australian cricket family.


“His welfare is our highest priority. We’re also naturally concerned about all of those involved in today’s game and will be giving them our utmost support.”


Australian Cricketers’ Association Chief Executive Officer Alastair Nicholson also sent his support to Hughes. He said: “We were obviously shocked to learn of the seriousness of the incident involving Phil.   While we have faith that he’s receiving the best available treatment, the situation will impact his family, friends, and those directly involved on the field. The ACA is therefore working closely with CA to arrange the appropriate counselling for those affected.  Naturally our thoughts are with him and we wish him well from all the ACA members.”

[Cricket Australia]

South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) have also released a statement:

On behalf of the SACA Board and administration, our thoughts and prayers are with Phil Hughes and his family at this time.


Phil suffered an injury to his head from a delivery during today’s Bupa Sheffield Shield match at the SCG.


Phil has been taken to hospital in Sydney and has been accompanied by family members and SACA General Manager High Performance, Tim Nielsen.



There has been a bundle of support for Phil across twitter:

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