12 Oct 2016

Non-striker confident no kill comments made

7:43 am on 12 October 2016

A teammate batting with Phil Hughes when the South Australian was fatally struck by a bouncer is confident New South Wales fast bowler Doug Bollinger didn't say something like "I'm going to kill you" before the incident.

The South Australian batsman Tom Cooper, who was the non-striker when Hughes was hit in the side of the neck two years ago in a match in Sydney, also said he can't remember telling Hughes' brother Jason about Bollinger's alleged comments.

South Australian cricketer Tom Cooper, while playing for Somerset

South Australian cricketer Tom Cooper, while playing for Somerset Photo: Photosport

An inquest in Sydney has heard the Hughes family is concerned the batsman was subjected to ungentlemanly bowling and sledging before being hit at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Cooper used to live with Hughes.

A lawyer representing the Hughes family queried Cooper over whether he made the comments to Jason Hughes but is now denying them.

Cooper denied ever making the comments.

Cooper said the NSW team seemed to be bowling short at Hughes in an attempt to slow the run rate but that he did not seem concerned.

In a statement read to the court, Cooper said he didn't think there was anything inappropriate about his opponents' tactics, and that bowling short at a batsman who had been at the crease for some time was common.