Australian cricketer collapses face-first after ball hits head

Hughes is in a critical condition and has been put in an induced coma.

The distressing moment happened on Tuesday (25 November) during a match between South Australia and New South wales. The 25-year-old's helmet was struck by the ball before he was seen staring at his feet and then collapsing to the ground face-first. After the traumatic bouncer – a cricket term for a ball that is pitched short so that it bounces on the pitch and up to chest or head height – Hughes was taken from the pitch on a stretcher before being rushed in an ambulance from the Sydney Cricket Ground to St Vincent's hospital. Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil Hughes. We are also thinking of his family, team-mates and friends in the Australian cricket family. "His welfare is our highest priority. We're also naturally concerned about all of those involved in today's game and will be giving them our utmost support." Read the full story.   
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