Phillip Hughes was in contention to make the Australian Test squad for the forthcoming four-match Test series against India. But in a startling turn of events, the left-hander was hit by a bouncer on Tuesday in a Sheffield Shield game and passed away at St Vincent Hospital in Sydney on Thursday.
It was a terrible day for world cricket as Hughes, aged 25, died as a result of the injuries he sustained.
His condition was critical after being hit by a Sean Abbott bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Hughes made his ODI debut for Australia on January 11, 2013 against Sri Lanka where he slammed a century in his first appearance. Opening the innings with Aaron Finch, Hughes scored 112 runs off 129 balls and immediately proved his mettle at the highest level. Australia comprehensively won the match by 105 runs as the left-hander was adjudged the Man of the Match.
Hughes played 26 Test matches for Australia and scored 1535 runs.
He was also a superb ODI batsman where he scored 826 runs from 25 matches, at an average of 35.91.
The cricket cognoscenti hailed him as one of the finest young Australian cricketers and his deaths is undoubtedly a massive loss not only for Australian cricket, but for world cricket as well.