The shocking death of Phil Hughes, just days before the popular Australia cricketer would have turned 26, has left the sports world wondering one thing: How could this happen?
Hughes was wearing a helmet, but in a freak combination of circumstances, his head was turned away from the ball as it bounced up to him.
The ball came up below his helmet, outside his face guard, hitting him in a sensitive part of the neck. It smashed the critical vertebral artery, which carries blood from the heart up into the head.
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke delivered an emotional tribute to friend Hughes at his funeral, telling mourners he felt his spirit with him.
Breaking down at times, Clarke spoke of visiting the pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground where Hughes fatally injured when hit by a “bouncer” — a short-pitched, aggressive delivery that bounces up towards the batsman’s torso — while batting for the South Australia side against New South Wales.
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