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.
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) November 26, 2014
All the very best of wishes to phil huges and family
— Courtney A Walsh (@CuddyWalsh) November 26, 2014
Praying for Phil hughes for quick recovery.may god give u strength.get well soon fighter.prayers r with you and family.god bless
— Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) November 25, 2014
Phil Hughes Get well soon.May Allah bless you with best of health.wish you a speedy recovery @CricketAus
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) November 25, 2014
Sad to hear about Phil Hughes. Thoughts and prayers with him and family. Hoping for a speedy recovery
— Jacques Kallis (@jacqueskallis75) November 25, 2014
Got the news about Phil Hughes's injury. Wishing him a speedy recovery! #faith
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) November 25, 2014
Never nice to see or hear about other players getting seriously hurt. Thoughts are with Phil Hughes and his family. Get well soon
— Corey Anderson (@coreyanderson78) November 25, 2014
Wishing Phil Hughes a speedy recovery and my prayers and thoughts go out to the man really hope you get well soon!!!
— Rilee Rossouw (@Rileerr) November 25, 2014
All my prayers are with Phil Hughes and his family at this time for him to pull through and recover fully and fast from his injury.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) November 25, 2014
My thoughts and prayers with Phil Hughes and his family at this difficult time...wishing Phil good health and a full recovery !
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) November 25, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil Hughes and his family. Gods speed my bro. #getwellPhil
— Darren Sammy (@darrensammy88) November 25, 2014
Just seen video of Phil Hughes blow on the head with a bouncer.my prayers are with him and hope he gets back on the field soon.
— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) November 25, 2014
Thoughts are with Phil Hughes and his family. Get better soon mate.
— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) November 25, 2014
With agency inputs