Cricketers who succumbed to fatal injuries on field
The cricketing world was jolted on Thursday by the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who was hit by a fatal bouncer during a match. He was struck on the head by a short-pitched delivery from New South Wales paceman Sean Abbott, a devastating blow that experts compared to the trauma suffered by car crash victims. After being treated at the stadium, Hughes, who played 26 tests and 25 one-day internationals, was rushed to hospital to have emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. News of Hughes's death brought a fresh wave of tributes on social media, with past and present players conveying their shock and grief. Such tragedies have time and again cast a pall on the game. Here is a brief list.