Phil Hughes’ death was ‘inevitable’ after hit : Inquest

Phil Hughes’ death was ‘inevitable’ after hit : Inquest

Phil Hughes’ death was ‘inevitable’ after hit : Inquest

Written by Staff Writer

10 Oct, 2016 | 11:15 am

The death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was “inevitable” from the moment he was struck by a cricket ball, a coronial inquest has heard.

On the first day of the inquest into Hughes’ death before State Coroner Michael Barnes in Sydney, the nature of play and bowling tactics employed in the Sheffield Shield match between NSW and South Australia at the SCG in November 2014 were examined.

The 25-year-old Test batsman was hit by a blow to the neck during a domestic match in Sydney on 25th of November 2014.

He died two days later from a haemorrhage in the brain, spurring an unprecedented display of grief from Australia and around the world.

Hughes’ family – father Greg, mother Virginia, brother Jason and sister Megan – were in court on Monday as Bollinger and former Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin were among those to give evidence.

The five-day hearing is examining whether his death was avoidable.

The inquest will address the speed of the emergency response and the nature of play on the day.

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