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Phillip Hughes passes away

Australian Cricket has confirmed that Australian cricketer has passed away from injuries sustained on Wednesday after being struck with a ball during a Sheffield Shield match.

Statement on Phillip Hughes from Australian Team Doctor Peter Brukner

"It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away."

"He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday," he said. 

"He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends.

"As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.

Heartbreaking: Australian cricketers Brad Haddin and Aaron Finch arrive at St Vincent

Heartbreaking: Australian cricketers Brad Haddin and Aaron Finch arrive at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.Photo: Getty

Former Austrlian Test player Ian Chappell

"Cricket Australia kindly asks that the privacy of the Hughes family, players and staff be respected."

Cricketers past and present are leaving the hospital inconsolable on Thursday afternoon.

Shortly after the announcement was made, David Warner, his wife Candice and Matt Wade left arm in arm, visibly emotional.

Hughes, 25, has been in an induced coma since the accident on Tuesday afternoon.

Hughes was hit on the side of the head when he attempted to hook the bouncer, delivered by NSW paceman Sean Abbott on Tuesday.

While he seemed to compose himself, the former Test opener leant forward, put his hands on his knees and, after a few seconds, suddenly collapsed head-first on to the pitch.

It was horrific, and the desperation of the moment was reflected by the way the umpires and his former teammates raced to his aid.

Broadcaster Alan Jones said on his 2GB radio program on Thursday that he had been told the "neurology is very, very bad, or in the language that the layman understands, the brain is very sick".

"What happened is that the blow from the cricket ball damaged … a major artery in the back of his head and that caused bleeding over the skull and prevented blood from going to the brain," Jones said.

"Today is a critical day. I repeat, this is much more serious than anyone imagined. Medical technology is currently breathing for him. The brain is very sick and we pray for miracles."

More to come.