Cricket: Australia in shock after the death of one of its hopes

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Australia in shock after the death of one of its hopes

Cricket: Australia in shock after the death of one of its hopes

The announcement of the death of Australian player Philip Hugues, hit in the neck in the middle of a match, is causing immense emotion in this cricket-loving nation.

For forty-eight hours, images have been looping on Australian television channels: Phillip Hughes in position, bat in hand, then wobbles, only to finally collapse on the ground. The cricketer, who would have turned 26 on November 30, did not wake up: he died Thursday afternoon in a Sydney hospital.

Phillip Hughes was struck in the neck by the bullet, whose speed can reach 150 km / h. The helmet was not enough to protect it. An artery ruptured, causing a brain hemorrhage, said a doctor. A “very rare” accident , repeated the world of cricket. “The word” tragedy “is used incorrectly in sport, but there, this exceptional accident is indeed a tragedy,” said the voice strangled by emotion, the head of the federation James Sutherland, in a press conference at Saint-Vincent Hospital in Sydney. “He was a rising star and, without a doubt, his best years were still ahead of him”, he continued. Cricketers paraded at Phillip Hughes’ bedside, while many journalists were posted outside the hospital.

Cricket is a very popular sport in Australia and Phillip Hughes was a talented and popular face. The flags of New South Wales, the eastern state of Australia, where the player grew up, were flown at half-mast in front of the official buildings. In Canberra, the sitting in Parliament was interrupted to announce the sad news. Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke to note that the death of Phillip Hughes had “moved millions of Australians.” “He was a young man who made his dreams come true. It is a very sad day for cricket, “ insisted the head of government.

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