27 Nov 2014

Black Caps remember Hughes

8:46 pm on 27 November 2014

The New Zealand and Pakistan cricketers have observed a moment's silence and are wearing black arms bands to remember the Australian player Phil Hughes.

Hughes passed away today, two days after being hit by a bouncer while playing for South Australia in Sydney.

Hughes was in fine form for South Australia, and in line to regain a place in the Test team, when felled by a bouncer from New South Wales fast bowler Sean Abbott in a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

Phil Hughes playing against the Black Caps in 2010.

Phil Hughes playing against the Black Caps in 2010. Photo: Photosport

The 26-Test left-hander underwent emergency surgery to reduce pressure on his brain later that day and never regained consciousness.

A team spokesperson says the Black Caps only learnt of Hughes passing shortly before taking the field and the dressing room was very sombre.

Meanwhile there are doubts over whether the first cricket test between Australia and India will go ahead next week in Brisbane in the wake of Hughes' death.

The entire round of domestic Sheffield Shield matches have been called off there are doubts whether the test in Brisbane, which is due to start today week, will go ahead.

The former Australia captain Allan Border says he'd understand if players wanted to pull out of the Test match.

"There'll be guys, particularly the guys that were out on the field at the time, (when Hughes was struck) that are named in the Test squad - they mightn't be feeling like playing cricket at the moment,"

The Test squad is due to begin assembling in Brisbane on Sunday.

Phil Hughes career:

Made his first-class debut for NSW in 2007 at age 18.

.. Scored a century in NSW's 2007-08 Sheffield Shield final win over Victoria at 19

.. Made his Test debut against South Africa in February 2009, scoring back-to-back centuries in his second match

.. Dropped for the 2009 Ashes series but came back into the side for two Tests against Pakistan and New Zealand in early 2010

.. Called into the side for the 2010-11 Ashes in Australia but made just 97 runs in three Tests

.. Retained his spot in the Australian touring party for Sri Lanka and South Africa in 2011, but he was dropped during the home series against New Zealand during the Australian 2011-12 summer

.. Had a strong start to the Sheffield Shield season and was rewarded with a spot in the Test squad for Sri Lanka's tour of Australia in 2012-13

.. After becoming the first Australian batsman to score a century on his ODI debut, he retained his spot for the tours of India and England in 2013

.. Made his last Australian appearance in the baggy green in the 2013 second Ashes Test, in which he made one in both innings

.. Felled by a bouncer playing for South Australia against NSW in a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG on November 25, 2014

.. Taken to hospital where he is placed in an induced coma because of the blow

.. Does not regain consciousness and dies at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital on November 27 aged 25.