- Phil Hughes: injury could prompt rethink about helmet design
Improvements could include skullcap Batsman not wearing latest helmet, says manufacturer Phil Hughes to have more scans Helmets do not provide complete protection, says manufacturer Phil Hughes’ devastating head injury might prompt a rethink about helmet design but it is impossible to completely safeguard batsmen. Sydney University biomechanics expert Edouard Ferdinands says improvements in helmet design – such as a skullcap inside the helmet – are being considered by manufacturers but critical injuries in cricket remain a possibility. Continue reading... Phil Hughes is being treated at St Vincent's hospital in Sydney.Phil Hughes is being treated at St Vincent's hospital in Sydney.
- Phil Hughes remains critical after undergoing more scans on head injury
Batsman in an induced coma after being hit by a bouncer Australia captain Michael Clarke is at the hospital in Sydney Whole round of Sheffield Shield games is abandoned Cricket world rallies round Hughes Counselling offered to all involved in incident Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff: neck especially dangerous Phil Hughes remains in a critical condition on Wednesday after having more scans on the head injury he suffered while batting for South Australia. Hughes is in an induced coma in intensive care at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney after having surgery to relieve pressure on his brain on Tuesday. Continue reading... Phil Hughes of South Australia is struck in the head at Sydney Cricket Ground on 25 November 2014.Phil Hughes of South Australia is struck in the head at Sydney Cricket Ground on 25 November 2014.
- Counselling being offered to all involved in the Phil Hughes incident
• Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation given at side of pitch • Lehmann: ‘Great fighter and great young man’ • Hughes undergoes surgery after being hit by bouncer • Hit on the head dangerous - neck is especially so • Plight of Hughes diverts England focus off Sri Lanka Counselling has been offered to players from South Australia and New South Wales following the serious injury that has left Phil Hughes in an induced coma fighting for his life, with tributes and messages of support pouring in for the batsman. Hughes, 25, was on Tuesday night in a critical condition having been hit on the neck by a bouncer that missed his helmet during a Sheffield Shield match. He underwent emergency surgery at St Vincent’s hospital, with paramedics performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and treating the left-hander on the boundary for 40 minutes. Continue reading... Phil Hughes is struck on the head by a delivery in the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesPhil Hughes is struck on the head by a delivery in the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
- Plight of Phil Hughes diverts England focus away from Sri Lanka | Vic Marks
Alastair Cook’s side hope for ODI improvement but players shocked by plight of Ashes adversary and county team-mate • Cricket rallies round Phil Hughes after head injury • Ian Bell admits he needs to improve for England • Angelo Mathews leads experienced Sri Lanka ODI squad England’s cricketers are in Colombo and about to begin a seven-match series against Sri Lanka but they have all had Australia on their minds. The focus has not been on the Australasian World Cup, for which they are preparing here, but the plight of Phil Hughes, in hospital in Sydney after being struck on the head while batting in a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG. Hughes has been a team-mate of several of this England squad (those from Middlesex and Worcestershire) and an Ashes opponent for most of them. Continue reading... Alastair Cook, the England captain, right, with cricket coach Peter Moores during a practice session. Photograph: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty ImagesAlastair Cook, the England captain, right, with cricket coach Peter Moores during a practice session. Photograph: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images
- Being hit on the head is dangerous – but the neck is especially vulnerable | Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff
One thing you must not forget with neck injuries is the possible damage to the bones and the spinal cord itself. But your immediate priority is preventing secondary injury • Hughes undergoes surgery after being hit by bouncer • Cricket rallies round Hughes after head injury • Hughes injury a stark reminder of dangers of cricket The side of the neck is probably the worst place you can be struck by a cricket ball. When you have one travelling at speeds of close to 90mph it is a hard missile; and although most injuries from the sport we see are minor – broken toes, split lips and suchlike – there are rare cases where cricketers have been struck in the chest over the heart and suffered cardiac arrest. Being hit on the head is dangerous, of course, but the neck is particularly vulnerable because it is so exposed. The skull has evolved to protect your brain, and so even when it fractures it is not necessarily a bad thing because it is absorbing some of the shock. Unless we see a depressed skull fracture we would not be overly concerned: it is more the damage being done to the vital blood vessels, organs and structures that underlie it that worries us. Continue reading... The Cricket Australia team doctor Peter Brukner speaks outside St Vincent's hospital in Sydney where Phil Hughes lay in a critical condition following emergency surgery. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Cricket Australia team doctor Peter Brukner speaks outside St Vincent's hospital in Sydney where Phil Hughes lay in a critical condition following emergency surgery. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images
- Alastair Cook voices support for Phil Hughes - video
England captain Alastair Cook says his team is in shock after Australian batsman Phil Hughes was severely injured during a match in Sydney. Hughes, who was wearing protective gear, was hit on the head by a cricket ball and was knocked unconscious. The batsman underwent an emergency surgery but remains in a critical condition Continue reading... Phillip Hughes of South Australia falls to the ground Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
- England have cracking cricketers so why the World Cup gloom and doom? | The Spin
England’s ODI side must find the answer to one of the great riddles of the ages – what must they do to win the World Cup? • Is 2015 really England’s best chance? Three months out from the World Cup, and I find myself wondering “how soon is it too soon to accept that England haven’t a chance of winning the thing?” There is, I suspect, a correlation with age here. I reckon the older hands, those whose memories, say, stretch back to the antediluvian opening combination of Geoff Boycott and Mike Brearley (average ODI strike rate, 49.53 between them) England fielded in 1979, have long since resigned themselves to the inevitability of the team’s exit in the quarter-finals this time around. Younger sorts will wait, I’d guess, at least until England have been shellacked by Australia at the MCG in their first match. The youngest of all will make the mistake of hanging on even after England’s scrappy three-wicket win against Bangladesh in the fifth game of the group stages, in the futile hope it is a herald of better things ahead in the knockout stages. Thinking about it, that “s” was redundant. The line should have read “… the futile hope it is a herald of betting things ahead in the group stage [singular]”. Will it be India or South Africa who knock out England in the quarter-finals? That will depend on whether England can beat New Zealand, in a day-night match at the Westpac in Wellington, or Sri Lanka, at the same venue. England have played twice record at that ground, by the way, and been thrashed on both occasions. Continue reading... England’s Alex Hales wipes the sweat during practice in Sri Lanka. Big things will be expected of him at the World Cup. Photograph: Eranga Jayawardena/APEngland’s Alex Hales wipes the sweat during practice in Sri Lanka. Big things will be expected of him at the World Cup. Photograph: Eranga Jayawardena/AP
- Cricket helmets do not provide complete protection, says manufacturer
• Chris Taylor says Phil Hughes was ‘extremely unlucky’ • Hughes undergoes surgery after being hit by bouncer • Cricket rallies round Hughes after head injury • Hughes injury a stark reminder of dangers of cricket Cricket helmet manufacturers are doing all they can to prevent head injuries in the sport, according to a former player who now works as a leading equipment retailer. The Australia batsman Phil Hughes is currently in intensive care in a Sydney hospital after being hit by the ball while playing in a Sheffield Shield game . Continue reading... The Australia batsman Phil Hughes was left in a critical condition after being hit on the head by a bouncer. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesThe Australia batsman Phil Hughes was left in a critical condition after being hit on the head by a bouncer. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
- History of head injuries shows the rarity of Phil Hughes’ accident
• Mike Gatting one of those to suffer from a bouncer • Mark Boucher had to retire after freak eye damage • Cricket rallies round Phil Hughes after injury • Russell Jackson: a stark reminder of the game’s dangers Although Australia’s Phil Hughes is in a serious condition in hospital after being hit on the head by a bouncer, serious injuries tend to be rare in cricket though there have been a few such incidents down the years. Continue reading... Ricky Ponting is hit in the face by Steve Harmison.Ricky Ponting is hit in the face by Steve Harmison.Stuart Broad was left with two black eyes and a broken nose after Varun Aaron’s delivery.Stuart Broad was left with two black eyes and a broken nose after Varun Aaron’s delivery.Mike Gatting displays the damage caused by Malcolm Marshall’s bouncer. Photograph: AllsportMike Gatting displays the damage caused by Malcolm Marshall’s bouncer. Photograph: Allsport
- Phil Hughes rushed to emergency surgery after being hit on head by cricket ball – video
Australia batsman Phil Hughes is taken to hospital for emergency surgery after being hit on the head by a bouncer in a domestic cricket match at Sydney Cricket Ground. Hughes was wearing protective gear when he was hit during the match, which was streamed live. The batsman stooped over before collapsing. He was taken to St Vincent's hospital by ambulance and remains in a critical condition Continue reading... Phil Hughes rushed to emergency surgery Photograph: SNTV/ Fox Sports News
- Phil Hughes injury a stark reminder of the dangers lurking in cricket
It is easy to underestimate the guts it takes for batsmen to face fast bowling, often putting their bodies on the line • Hughes in critical condition after bouncer • Cricket world rallies round Phil Hughes It’s hard to recall a worse and more upsetting day for Australian cricket than that which Phillip Hughes, his family, loved ones and fans have endured today. Before he was felled by a bouncer at 2:23pm Sydney time at the SCG, he was the definition of a Test hopeful and perhaps even batting his way back into a baggy green cap after moving to 63 not out. Only a small number of spectators and press had made their way down to the ground but around Australia a great deal more of us tuned in via live streams to watch Hughes, his Redbacks teammate Callum Ferguson and Western Australian Shaun Marsh (playing at the MCG against Victoria) battle it out for Michael Clarke’s recently-vacated position, flicking between the two games to check on their progress. At the risk of sounding trite, that all seems so utterly insignificant now. Continue reading... Australia players help Ryan McLaren after he was hit by a Mitchell Johnson delivery.Australia players help Ryan McLaren after he was hit by a Mitchell Johnson delivery.
- Cricket rallies round Phil Hughes after Australia batsman’s head injury
• Shane Warne says: ‘Hang in there, we’re all fighting with u!!!’ • Michael Vaughan adds: ‘Thoughts are with his family …’ • Hughes undergoes surgery after being hit by bouncer • Rolling report – how a shocking afternoon unfolded The cricket world has rallied round Phil Hughes after the Australia batsman was taken to hospital after being struck on the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game. Continue reading... A close-up shows the ball apparently striking Hughes underneath the helmet on the left ear.A close-up shows the ball apparently striking Hughes underneath the helmet on the left ear.Phillip Hughes falls to the ground after being struck in the head. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesPhillip Hughes falls to the ground after being struck in the head. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
- Australian cricketer Phil Hughes undergoes surgery after being hit by a bouncer
Hughes in critical condition after suffering head injury Batsman taken by ambulance from Sydney Cricket Ground Rolling report – how a shocking afternoon unfolded Cricket world rallies around injured Hughes Cricketer Phil Hughes has undergone surgery and remains in a critical condition after being struck on the head by a bouncer at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Continue reading...
- Cricketer Phil Hughes collapses after being struck by short ball - rolling report
Australian Test hopeful batsman Phil Hughes was taken to hospital after being struck during Sheffield Shield match 5.23pm AEST We’re going to end our rolling coverage now as Phil Hughes recovers from a shocking blow to the head in Sydney. Here’s how the past few hours have gone down: 5.09pm AEST The ABC has issued an apology for an unnecessarily dramatic earlier tweet suggesting that Cricket Australia were not able to confirm if Hughes was alive as he was transported to hospital. Our earlier tweet about Phil Hughes’ condition as he left the SCG was insensitive and we apologise for any distress it may have caused. 4.56pm AEST Thinking of you mate! Hope everything is ok with u Hughesy 4.53pm AEST The South Australia Cricket Association CEO, Keith Bradshaw, has spoken briefly to the media, saying he’s “very shocked” and “very upset” by this afternoon’s incident. Importantly, he says the outcome of Hughes’ surgery, which is currently underway, is unlikely to be known for 24-48 hours. 4.42pm AEST Hughes’ side, the South Australian Redbacks, have issued this 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. 4.40pm AEST More reaction from Hughes’ cricketing colleagues - via my own colleague Russell Jackson. Victorian bowler James Muirhead: Thoughts are with Phil Hughes.. Terrible to see and just shows how dangerous our game can be.. Can we all send our energies and our thoughts with Phil Hughes in a critical condition in hospital Cmon little mate #thoughtswithhughesy 4.31pm AEST A St Vincent’s spokesman, David Factor, has just been speaking to reporters outside the hospital. Factor confirmed that Hughes has suffered a head injury, is in “a critical condition”, and currently undergoing surgery . 4.25pm AEST Colleagues of Hughes are taking to Twitter to express their shock and concern. Here’s NSW batsman Steve Cazzulino: Still struggling with the news about Hughesy - my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Shocking news from the @scg . Thoughts are with Phil Hughes and his family. The welfare of a bloke should come before taking a screenshot of an incident and reporting speculation so you can get retweets. Feel sick to my stomach for Hughesy. Hope you are okay brus. 4.20pm AEST AAP has clarified its earlier story to confirm that a helicopter landed on the SCG pitch after Hughes was struck, but that the cricketer was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in an ambulance. 4.16pm AEST My colleague Nick Evershed wrote last month about a report from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare looking at sports injuries requiring hospital treatment in 2011-2012. 4.10pm AEST St V re: Hughes 'He's undergoing diagnostic scans at the moment and then following that a decision is made to either go to surgery or ICU.' 4.09pm AEST ESPN CricInfo’s Daniel Brettig was at the SCG when Hughes was struck, and he’s provided these details : Hughes had made 63, playing well against his former state and in contention for the spot to be vacated by the injured captain Michael Clarke in the team for the first Test in Brisbane next week. But in trying to push along his score, Hughes attempted a hook at the fast medium of Sean Abbott about 2.23pm, and was hit in the side of his helmeted head. 4.04pm AEST From Australian test and one-day batsman Dean Jones: Feeling for Phil Hughes after being hit. He is not in a good way! Stay strong @seanabbott77 .. Not your fault young man. #BupaSS #NSWvSA 4.01pm AEST Channel Ten has cameras at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst where some of Hughes colleagues have begun to arrive. Here’s the Australian test cricket captain, Michael Clarke: Michael Clarke arrives at St Vincent’s hospital where Phil Hughes has been taken in a critical condition #TenNews 5pm pic.twitter.com/Kej8KPucWd 3.59pm AEST Moment of impact on Phil Hughes at the #SCG via @philthy295 pic.twitter.com/7EKOXiFGnC 3.58pm AEST There’s some question over where exactly Hughes was struck, but the ABC’s Lucy Carter is reporting he was hit in the head, and not in the heart as some others have suggested. St Vincents Hospital spokesman says Phil Hughes was struck in the head and that he's in a critical condition in intensive care. 3.57pm AEST Peter Lalor is tweeting that Hughes was struck around 2:23pm AEDT and doctors worked on him for 30 minutes before a helicopter arrived. Cricket NSW has also issued this statement: Phil Hughes has been taken to St Vincent’s hospital and clearly the priority is Phil’s health. We want to keep his family fully informed. We don’t have any update on his health at the moment. Dr Orchard the doctor on duty has gone with Phil to the hospital and when he is in a position to he will provide a statement on his condition. The shield match has been abandoned. Phil's condition improved before he was taken away in an ambulance 3.44pm AEST Good afternoon. South Australian batsman Phil Hughes has been rushed to hospital in a serious condition after being struck in the head by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales at the SCG. We’re be pulling in updates to this concerning story as it develops over the next few hours. A helicopter has been brought in to rush stricken Test hopeful Phil Hughes to hospital after he was hit in the head by a bouncer at the SCG. Hughes was taken from the field on a medicab and treated on the boundary by ambulance officers before the helicopter arrived. Doctors attempted to resuscitate the batsman on the wicket and stopped the medical van on the boundary to continue treatment soon after. An ambulance arrived 35 minutes after the accident and is treating Hughes, 25, in front of the members stand. Emergency helicopter on the SCG now for Phil Hughes - he reportedly underwent CPR after being hit by a bouncer pic.twitter.com/YhKwpT6paI Continue reading... Phillip Hughes of South Australia is struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.Phillip Hughes of South Australia is struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.Phil Hughes collapsesPhil Hughes collapsesFellow cricketers rush to help Phil Hughes after he was struck on the head.Fellow cricketers rush to help Phil Hughes after he was struck on the head.
- The Joy of Six – The Benson and Hedges World Series Cup
From Come on Aussie C’mon to the beloved uniforms and Tony Greig’s Weatherwatch, one-dayers just aren’t the same any more These days one-day internationals are a little bit like Wes Anderson films; there’s too many of them, they all look the same and you can never quite escape the feeling that the best ones happened at least ten years ago. There are a variety of reasons why Australian punters seem to have no great interest in attending them these days, some of which relate to the points above but also social factors beyond the control of cricket and its administrators. Continue reading... Those were the days, weren’t they? Australia v New Zealand, MCG, 1981.Those were the days, weren’t they? Australia v New Zealand, MCG, 1981.
- Daniel Vettori looks set for surprise return to New Zealand Test team
• Former captain in line for final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah • Vettori has not appeared in a Test since 2012 because of injury Daniel Vettori looks set to make a surprise return to the New Zealand Test team as their coach, Mike Hesson, considers taking three spinners into the deciding match against Pakistan which starts in Sharjah on Wednesday. The 35-year-old former New Zealand captain was in the United Arab Emirates with the A side for one-day matches and trained with the senior squad in Sharjah on Monday. He has not played a Test since July 2012 because of injuries. Continue reading... Daniel Vettori is likely to be one of three spinners in the New Zealand side. Photograph: Michael Mayhew/Sportsphoto/Sportsphoto Ltd./AllstarDaniel Vettori is likely to be one of three spinners in the New Zealand side. Photograph: Michael Mayhew/Sportsphoto/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar
- Michael Clarke 'ruled out of Test side' after clash with selectors
Skipper cannot play in Test if he misses India tour game, CA says Clarke’s own statement places him at loggerheads with selectors Australian captain Michael Clarke has reportedly been ruled out of the first Test against India. Cricket Australia told Clarke he needs to play a two-day tour game against India in Adelaide starting on Friday to prove his fitness for the opening Test at the Gabba, which starts on 4 December week. Continue reading... Michael Clarke: will he or won't he play in the first Test?Michael Clarke: will he or won't he play in the first Test?
- Ian Bell admits he needs to improve as England warm up for World Cup
• Sri Lanka await in opening one-day international • ‘To win this series would be a massive bonus for us’ Ian Bell is by a distance the most experienced one-day international among the World Cup hopefuls on England’s tour of Sri Lanka but he says his urge to improve is as strong as ever. Bell’s 148 caps put him fifth on England’s all-time list and in the absence of the injured Jimmy Anderson, at least 40 clear of his closest pursuer, Ravi Bopara, in the squad selected for the seven-match series, which will get under way . The captain Alastair Cook, three years Bell’s junior, is 62 caps adrift. Continue reading... England’s captain Alastair Cook looks on with his team-mates.England’s captain Alastair Cook looks on with his team-mates.Ian Bell plays a shot during a practice session in Colombo. Photograph: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty ImagesIan Bell plays a shot during a practice session in Colombo. Photograph: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images
- When cricket meets bodybuilding
The former England fast bowler David Lawrence is now an award-winning bodybuilder, which is quite the achievement Sometimes worlds collide in unexpected ways. I remember exactly when it started because it was the day after Princess Diana died. I’d arranged to go to Cardiff for a newspaper piece, to interview a bodybuilder called Grant Thomas. Neither of us saw any reason to cancel. The roads were empty as I drove down there. Grant was trying to become Mr Universe. He thought it might be a way out of an ordinary life for him and his girlfriend and their baby. He sat in his living room sipping de-ionised water, several ornate plastic trophies he’d won arranged by the TV. He was on his pre-contest diet which made him feel weak, but he still looked big, even under the baggy tracksuit he was wearing. Continue reading... David Lawrence in his days as a Gloucestershire and England fast bowler.David Lawrence in his days as a Gloucestershire and England fast bowler.
- Michael Carberry signs for Australia’s Big Bash champions Perth Scorchers
• Carberry reveals Justin Langer instigated move • Carberry slams treatment by Giles and England • Andrew Flintoff signs up for Big Bash with Brisbane Heat The former England opener Michael Carberry has signed to play for the Big Bash champions, Perth Scorchers, in Australia. The capture of 34-year-old Hampshire batsman, who won the last of his six Test caps on last winter’s dreadful Ashes tour, was announced by the Western Australian side on Monday. Continue reading... Michael Carberry won the last of his six Test caps in Sydney but has agreed a deal to return to Australia. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesMichael Carberry won the last of his six Test caps in Sydney but has agreed a deal to return to Australia. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images