Phil Hughes: Death mourned by Nottinghamshire cricketers.

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club has extended its sympathies to the family of cricketer Phil Hughes, who died on Thursday morning after a tragic accident on the pitch.

The Australian test cricketer died in St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney three days before his 26th birthday after he was struck by a ball delivered by Sean Abbott.

Hughes, who was playing for South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday morning, was transported to the hospital after collapsing on the pitch.

The batsman, who has played for Middlesex, Worcestershire and Hampshire, underwent emergency surgery and was placed in an induced coma later in the day on Tuesday but sadly never regained consciousness following the injury.

Cricketers and supporters worldwide have been offering their condolences on social media since Hughes’ death was announced.

Nottingham cricketer, Stuart Broad, tweeted: “Just can’t believe it, heart breaking stuff. RIP Phillip Hughes.”

Cricket announcer and BBC TV presenter, Colin Hazelden, also tweeted: “I watched and applauded that amazing Trent Bridge innings. And now this. So sad. #RIPPhilHughes.”

Hughes’ death comes only 16 months after he played at Trent Bridge for the Investec Ashes Test between England and Australia in 2013.

In a press release issued on Thursday morning, Trent Bridge extended its “deepest sympathies to the family, friends, teammates and friends” of Hughes and said he will be “fondly remembered” by Nottingham.

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