The world of cricket is in mourning today after the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.
The Australian batsman died as a result of vertebral artery dissection, which led to a horrific bleed to the brain after being struck in the neck off a delivery by Sean Abbott.
Hughes, who played county cricket for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire in England, India and Australia, was playing in a Sheffield Shield match for South Australia when the incident happened and had been in a coma for two days before his death.
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke issued a statement on behalf of Hughes’ family. "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."
Abbott, who's short pitched delivery struck Hughes in the neck, will have to overcome major psychological hurdles before he returns to the game, according to former Gloucestershire and England fast bowler David Lawrence, who struck former West Indies batsman Phil Simmons on the temple during a tour match in 1988.
"When you turn and run in to bowl again, you are just going to have those images in your head. Will he ever be the same bowler again? I don't know. It is going to take a lot of support. He will have to take his time out and return when he is ready, if he ever comes back from this."
Teammates and other players are being offered counselling after Hughes' death.