Remembering Phil Hughes on his birthday

Phillip Hughes was an Australian Test and One Day International cricketer who played domestic cricket for South Australia and Worcestershire. Hughes was born on 30/11/1988. He was a left-handed opening batsman who played for two seasons with New South Wales before making his Test debut in 2009 at the age of 20. He made his One Day International Debut in 2013.

Hughes scored his first Test century in March 2009, aged 20, in his second Test match for Australia, opening the batting and hitting 115 in the first innings against South Africa in Durban. In the second innings of the same match, Hughes scored 160, becoming the youngest cricketer in history to score centuries in both innings of a Test match .

In 2014 during the Sheffield Shield tournament match between South Australia and New South Wales, when Hughes was on 63* representing South Australia, the bouncer from Sean Abbott hit his neck which made him collapse. When he was taken to the hospital during treatment he went into an induced coma and died after battling for life for 2 days in the hospital. Hughes’ injury was a rare but described type of sport-related blunt-force cerebrovascular injury called a vertebral artery dissection which led to subarachnoid haemorrhage.

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