Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes has died, two days after being struck on the side of the head by a bouncer during a domestic cricket match in Sydney.

The 25-year-old collapseds during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 25 November, when a ball from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott struck him just below the helmet.

The South Australia player was stretchered off the field to be examined on the boundary before being evacuated to St Vincent’s Hospital. He has since undergone surgery and has been placed into an induced coma.

An emotional Michael Clarke, Australia captain, read out a statement on behalf of the Hughes family at a news conference held at St Vincent’s Hospital, where the player was being treated. he said:

“We’re devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother, Phillip. It’s been a very difficult few days.

“We appreciate all the support we have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public.

“Cricket was Phillip’s life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him. We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent’s Hospital and Cricket New South Wales medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you.”

Commenting on the loss of a talented and well-liked player, Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland commented:

“It’s an understatement to say we’re completely devastated.

“The word tragedy gets used too often in sport, but this freak accident is a real life tragedy.”

Tributes from fellow cricketers, other sports stars, and the general public poured in on social media both sharing their feelings of loss and their sympathies for Hughes’ family:

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