Phillip Hughes, the Australia batsman struck on the head by a bouncer two days ago, has died.
The 25-year-old passed away after injuries sustained while batting for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Hughes, who was wearing a protective helmet, collapsed face first onto the pitch after being hit by a ball on the back, lower left side of his head from pace bowler Sean Abbott as he attempted a pull shot.
In a statement the England team, who are currently in Sri Lanka for a one-day series, said: ‘Our deepest sympathies go out to Phil Hughes’ family, friends and team-mates at this incredibly sad time.
‘Phil was admired and respected by all he played with and against and will never be forgotten by the cricket community.’
Hughes – well-known to English fans both internationally and domestically after spells with Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire – had been visited by several Australia team-mates.
Australian team doctor Peter Brukner, who announced the death today, said Hughes had never regained consciousness following his injury.
‘He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends,’ he said.
‘As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.
‘Cricket Australia kindly asks that the privacy of the Hughes family, players and staff be respected.’
Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham tweeted: ‘A very sad day for the world of cricket. So sorry for Phillip Hughes and his family. Spare a thought for Sean Abbott.’