Hughes has undergone surgery and remains in a critical condition.
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Australian Test aspirant Phil Hughes has undergone surgery and is in a critical condition after being knocked out by a bouncer while batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield clash against New South Wales at the SCG.
Hughes misjudged a ball from Sean Abbott and was hit in the head, before he collapsed and was taken off the field on a stretcher.
A medical helicopter landed at the SCG to allow medical staff to assist the 25-year-old.
The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) released a statement saying Hughes’s family are alongside him at St Vincents hospital along with SACA high-performance manager Tim Nielsen.
St Vincents Hospital spokesman David Faktor said Hughes was undergoing surgery and remained in a critical condition.
“He arrived in a critical condition and remains in a critical condition. He is undergoing surgery as we speak,” Faktor is quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.
“When he arrived he underwent a set of scans to establish the extent of his injuries and then a decision was made to perform surgery … All I could confirm is that he did sustain a head injury and that he is in a critical condition at the moment.
“I understand he was ventilated at the scene and arrived at St Vincent’s already ventilated and on life support and he underwent scans and then he went to surgery.”
The South Australian was one of a number of batsmen in line for a Test recall following reports that captain Michael Clarke would not be fit in time for the first Test against India, beginning next Thursday in Brisbane.