UPDATE 06:00: Phil Hughes has died
Phil Hughes has spent a second night in an induced coma, following being struck in the head by a ball during a Sheffield Shield cricket match on Tuesday, and is said to remain in a critical condition.
Meanwhile, clarification is being sought over speculation that there was a delay in the time it took for an ambulance to arrive at the scene of the incident, the SCG.
On Wednesday, NSW health minister, Jillian Skinner, said she would be meeting with the NSW Ambulance Commissioner on Thursday to discuss “conflicting information”.
“Due to the conflicting information distributed today by NSW Ambulance regarding yesterday’s response to the Sydney Cricket Ground, I will be meeting with NSW Ambulance Commissioner Ray Creen tomorrow to discuss the circumstances surrounding the incident,” she said.
“My thoughts remain with Phillip Hughes and his family, who I know are receiving the very best care at St Vincent’s Hospital.”
Family and friends of Hughes, including Australian team members Michael Clarke, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson and coach, Darren Lehmann, have visited the lauded batsman at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital.
Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said on Wednesday that the 25-year-old cricketer remained in a critical condition and would have more scans.
It is reported that doctors hope to have a better idea about Hughes’s condition later on Thursday.
Phil Hughes was felled by a short-pitched delivery from bowler Sean Abbott during a match between NSW and South Australia on Tuesday. The ball struck Hughes behind the ear, where the helmet offers little protection, and fractured his skull causing haemorrhaging on the brain. The batsman fell unconscious seconds after being hit. He received surgery to relieve the pressure on the brain after being put into an induced coma.
The life-threatening injury suffered by Phil Hughes has led to an out-pouring of support from the cricketing community and the wider sports world.
On Wednesday, Cricket Australia announced that the current round of Sheffield Shield matches was cancelled out of respect for Hughes and to accommodate the shock and emotions being felt by his fellow players.
NSW and South Australian players and staff have been offered counselling and the Australian Cricketers’ Association is looking to extend that offer to players in other states.
There is particularly high concern for Sean Abbott, the NSW bowler who delivered the fateful ball, who is being closely monitored, according to ACA CEO Alistair Nicholson.
TOP IMAGE: 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. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)