Bringing back memories of the tragic death of Philip Hughes in November last, an Australian cricketer Daniel Hughes was left unconscious briefly after being hit by an almost identical bouncer on his neck during a first grade match but fortunately escaped unscathed, local media reported.
Cricketing luminaries bid an emotional farewell to Phillip Hughes at a funeral service held in his home town Wednesday, as Australia stopped to remember the popular batsman whose death from a freak injury sent shockwaves through the sport.
As family, friends, former teammates and cricket greats gathered in thousands at Macksville on Wednesday for late batsman Phillip Hughes' funeral, his close friend Corey Ireland delivered a heart-melting tribute explaining that his cattle-loving late friend wanted to sell 200 bulls a year.
South African pace legend Allan Donald has called on cricket bosses not to consider banning bouncers as they revisit safety in the sport in the wake of the tragic death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes.
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has said that no amount of `prancing, preening or dialogue` can rescue a `fearful` cricketer once he has shown his vulnerability in the confined space of a cricket ground.
Australian cricketer Matthew Wade has blamed the introduction of too many green pitches, instead of Cricket Australia`s emphasis on promoting the Twenty20 Big Bash League, as responsible for the batting woes of the team in the Ashes.
Australian all rounder Shane Watson, who missed the Brisbane and Adelaide Test matches against South Africa due to a calf strain, has said he is ready to bowl as many overs as captain Michael Clarke wants him to bowl in the series-decider Perth Test.
Australia’s team performance boss Pat Howard has said all rounder Shane Watson’s failure to bowl with full fitness would significantly reduce his chances of making into the squad for the second Test in Adelaide against South Africa.
Australia off spinner Nathan Lyon has said he is happy with his preparation for the first Test match against South Africa at The Gabba, in Brisbane, starting on November 9, despite displaying modest form in domestic competitions of late.