Occasionally tragedies happen that serve as stark reminders of the risks many sportsmen and women take, whilst doing little more, than their job. Cricket has never been short of hazards, you’ve only got to Google search it and the findings are littered with black eyes, broken ankles and a plethora of other injuries caused by high speed cricket balls.
Sadly, upon waking today we were faced with the terrible news that 25 year old Phillip Hughes had died after a severe neck/ head injury caused by a bouncer bowl. The Australian had emergency surgery on his brain in order to relieve pressure, but after being placed into an induced coma, failed to regain consciousness.
I don’t follow cricket, but my Father was a Professional Sportsman, and although, mercifully he is live and well, I feel a profound sympathy for any sportsmen and women’s families for losing a loved one doing something they dedicated their lives to becoming great at. Phillip Hughes had become a very well respected cricketer and friend to his team-mates…the world has lost a talent far far too early.
Thoughts go out to his family and team-mates at this incredibly difficult time.
BBC Sport Cricket, (2014). Phillip Hughes: Australian batsman dies, aged 25. Retrieved 27th Novemeber, 2014, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/30219440