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More scans for 'critical' Phil Hughes as world cricket family rallies around him

Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was to have more scans Wednesday after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain as players rallied across the globe continued to rally around him and Sean Abbott, the bowler who inflicted the damage.

More scans for 'critical' Phil Hughes as world cricket family rallies around him

Sydney: Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was to have more scans Wednesday after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain as players rallied across the globe continued to rally around him and Sean Abbott, the bowler who inflicted the damage.

The 25-year-old, who was in contention for a recall to Australia's Test side, was knocked out by a Sean Abbott bouncer at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday in a Sheffield Shield match, crumbling to the ground unconscious after the heavy blow to the lower head.

He underwent surgery and was in an induced coma in intensive care at St Vincent`s Hospital.

"Phillip Hughes remains in a critical condition in St Vincent`s Hospital after being struck in the head while batting for South Australia against NSW at the SCG yesterday," Cricket Australia said in a statement.

"He will have scans this morning and a further update will be provided when the results of those scans are known."

Injured Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was one of the first visitors to the hospital where Hughes was being treated on Wednesday, resuming a vigil at his close friend`s bedside and comforting the left-hander's mother and sister.

Hughes was in the running to replace Clarke to face India in the first Test in Brisbane on December 4. Shaun Marsh is now the frontrunner.

Helmet manufacturer Masuri said Hughes was not wearing their most up-to-date model when the ball hit him.

"From the footage and pictures currently available to Masuri, it appears that Phil Hughes was struck by the ball to the rear of the grille and below the back of the shell, missing his Masuri Original Test model helmet," the company said.

"This is a vulnerable area of the head and neck that helmets cannot fully protect, while enabling batsmen to have full and proper movement."Hughes was attempting a pull shot when he was hit, and fell badly.

Medical staff worked on him, including mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and oxygen, for more than 30 minutes before he was taken from the field and rushed to hospital on life-support.

While it remains unclear how badly he may be hurt, advocacy group Brain Injury Australia said generally that recovery was a long process, although no two injuries were the same.

"Recovery from brain injury is a marathon, not a sprint," said spokesman Nick Rushworth, who had his own brush with death in 1996 in a cycling accident.

Up-and-coming bowler Abbott, who made his one-day and Twenty20 debut for Australia in October and is just 22, was seen cradling the injured player immediately after the incident.

"It says a lot about Sean doesn`t it," Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said, calling it a "freak, freak accident".

"Sean will have all the support he needs around him."

Meanwhile, cricketers and members of the world cricket fraternity continued to rally around Hughes, his family and even the bowler Sean Abbott.

With agency inputs

From Zee News

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