Cricket Australia to launch safety review after Phillip Hughes’ death


Australia’s cricket board will launch an “immediate” review into player safety in the wake of Phillip Hughes’ death, as the global cricket community mourned on Friday and the fate of next week’s first test against India remained in limbo.

Flags flew at half-mast at cricket grounds and players left bats outside their doors in tribute to batsman Hughes, whose death in hospital on Thursday at the age of 25 shook the sport to its core and prompted a global outpouring of sympathy.

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland said the board would work with manufacturers and regulators to look into safety standards and seek improvements after Hughes was killed by a ball in a domestic match, despite wearing a helmet.

“Statistics say it is clearly a freak incident, but one freak incident is one freak incident too many, so that of course puts us in a position of looking into that,” Sutherland told reporters outside the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

Sutherland spoke outside the ground where Hughes was batting on Tuesday when he was struck in the neck by a rising ball that burst an artery and flooded blood into his brain.

Past and present players, family and friends gathered at the SCG late on Thursday for an impromptu wake, some walking onto the field to embrace and console each other.

Team mates from across the world mourned Hughes, who played for two of Australia’s state teams and three county sides in England.


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