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Phillip Hughes inquest offered closure – and a grenade launched at the heart of the game

Coroner Michael Barnes weighed into Australian cricket’s trench warfare over the way the nation plays the game

Phillip Hughes is sadly not with us any more but the coronial inquest into his death delivered sensitive and sober recommendations that will hopefully provide some solace to the Hughes family and – should they be upheld – reduce the chances of this ever happening again. It did its job.

Chief among the coroner’s practical recommendations to Cricket Australia was a tightening of medical procedures at state cricket matches, improved protective equipment for batsmen and a review of laws concerning dangerous and unfair bowling.

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Phillip Hughes inquest: no one was to blame for cricketer’s death, coroner finds

New South Wales coroner rules Test cricketer was killed by a tragic accident, but makes recommendations to safeguard players and improve procedures

No one was to blame for the death of Phillip Hughes, the Australian Test cricketer who died after being hit by a short-pitched ball during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, an inquest has found.

But Michael Barnes, the New South Wales coroner, delivering his verdict, made a series of recommendations to improve medical response procedure at cricket grounds in the wake of the Hughes’s death and invited players to reflect on whether the “unsavoury” practice of sledging was worthy of “such a beautiful game”.

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Phillip Hughes inquest: cold comfort for a family shattered

Who can blame the young cricketer’s family and team-mates for not wanting to relive that fateful moment? The only hope is that it can make cricket safer

Nearly two years after the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes, his teammate and friend, Australia’s vice-captain, David Warner, cannot bring himself to relive that fateful moment.

A young man with a tremendous gift, Hughes was handed the unenviable task of filling the shoes of the great Australian opening batsman, Matthew Hayden. At just 20, twin centuries away to South Africa marked his ascent and garnered him the moniker “The Little Don”. While he flitted in and out of the Test side, the nation took Hughes to its heart, and when he was killed by a cricket ball while batting for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the outpouring of grief reverberated around the cricketing world.

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Phillip Hughes inquest: batting partner Tom Cooper denies sledge made

South Australian batsman says he is confident Doug Bollinger didn’t say ‘I’m going to kill you’ before tragic incident

Phillip Hughes’ batting partner when he was fatally felled by a cricket ball says he is confident the New South Wales paceman Doug Bollinger didn’t say something like “I’m going to kill you” before the tragic incident.

The South Australian batsman Tom Cooper, who was the non-striker when Hughes was hit in the side of the neck in November 2014, also says he can’t remember telling Hughes’ brother Jason about Bollinger’s alleged comments after the 25-year-old’s death.

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Phillip Hughes inquest told ‘no intervention’ could have saved cricketer’s life

Inquest will consider whether protective equipment, including ‘StemGuard’ neck protector, might help prevent fatal injuries

There was nothing that could have been done to save Phillip Hughes after he was hit in the neck by a ball as he batted in a Sheffield Shield match two years ago, a coronial inquest into his death has heard.

The 25-year-old former Test batsman, on the verge of a recall to the national side, was struck by a bouncer from the New South Wales paceman Sean Abbott as he batted for South Australia on the afternoon of 25 November 2014.

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Australia to push for ‘concussion substitutes’ following report into Phillip Hughes death

  • Cricket Australia wants substitute players to be allowed in domestic matches
  • Independent report calls for mandatory helmet use against fast bowling

Cricket Australia is seeking permission to trial the use of substitute players in domestic matches that would allow them to bat and bowl in place of team-mates requiring medical attention for possible concussion.

The national board’s CEO James Sutherland said it had sought approval from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to allow “concussion substitutes” in local games and expected a response from the world governing body by the end of the month.

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Phillip Hughes: lack of medical attention ruled out as factor in cricketer’s death

  • Hughes received treatment within 42 seconds of lethal blow to neck
  • Report calls for mandatory helmet use against fast bowling

Lack of medical attention for Phillip Hughes has been ruled out as a factor in the cricketer’s death by an independent report which calls for mandatory use of helmets by batsmen and close-in fielders.

Cricket Australia’s review into the death of the former Test batsman recommends helmets be compulsory for batsmen facing pace bowling in nets and games. But it stops short of making it mandatory for helmets to have clip-on guards at the rear of the helmet.

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Cricket Australia to commission review into Phillip Hughes death

Cricket Australia will commission an independent review into the death of Phillip HughesCricket Australia is to commission an independent review into the death of Phillip Hughes, who died on 27 November last year, two days after being struck on the nec…

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Cricket World Cup: Michael Clarke says he thinks about Phillip Hughes every day – video

Retiring Australian one-day international captain Michael Clarke says he and his teammates are always thinking about Phillip Hughes, who died four months ago after being hit by a cricket ball. Clarke says the Australian team, who have just won the Worl…

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Michael Clarke dedicates Australia’s World Cup win to Phillip Hughes

• ‘Tonight is certainly dedicated to our little brother,’ says Michael Clarke
• Australia praises support of crowd and back-room staff
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Sean Abbott wins Bradman young cricketer of the year award

• Abbott wins Bradman young cricketer of the year award in Australia
• Bowler thanks family and cricket community for their support
Abbott tipped for big things after Sixers crush Renegades in Big Bash
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Chris Rogers: Australia players did not dishonour memory of Phillip Hughes

• Jonathan Agnew: ‘Players haven’t behaved any better’
• Rogers defends on-field conduct after commentator’s criticism
Russell Jackson: Unfair to drag players mourning Hughes into sledging debate

Chris Rogers has defended Australia’s on-field conduct after Jonathan Agnew, the BBC cricket correspondent, accused them of dishonouring the memory of their fallen team-mate, Phillip Hughes, with continued sledging during the recent Test series with India.

The death of Hughes, three days short of his 26th birthday after he had sustained a blow to the neck batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match in Sydney last November, rocked Australia and the rest of the cricketing world.

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Unfair to drag players who are mourning Phillip Hughes into sledging debate

Sledging on a cricket pitch is a live issue, but the debate over its legitimacy is entirely peripheral to the death of Hughes

Awkwardness. There have been many words to describe the summer of Australian Test cricket just passed but so often that one could have done the job.

When is it right to play again? Should we bowl bouncers? I guess we should, but who should bowl the first? How should the batsmen react? What do we do if someone gets hit? Of course they’ll get hit at some point, but it’s something we should consider, right? Do we stop sledging? But what would it look like if we did? Will people say we don’t care? Do we honour Phillip Hughes by playing the way he played, or do we change?

Related: Jonathan Agnew disappointed Australia have not stopped aggressive sledging

Related: Chris Rogers: Australia will not hold back on-pitch aggression

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Chris Rogers says Australia will not hold back on-pitch aggression

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David Warner: I’ll pay tribute to Phillip Hughes every time I play at the SCG – audio

Australia cricketer David Warner reacts after getting a century on the first day of the fourth Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday. The ground is where Phillip Hughes was fatally injured in November, adding poignancy to Warner’s c…

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Sport picture of the day: David Warner pays tribute to Phillip Hughes

Australian batsman David Warner kisses the ground as he reaches 63 during day one of the fourth Test between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. 63 not out was the score that his friend, Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, was on when he w…

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Michael Clarke pays tribute to Phillip Hughes at SCG Test

  • ‘His spirit will live forever at the Sydney Cricket Ground’
  • ‘In death he brought the sporting world together’

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Phillip Hughes commemorative plaque unveiled in Sydney – video

Ahead of the fourth Test against India, Cricket Australia unveils a plaque at Sydney Cricket Ground honouring batsman Phillip Hughes, who died during a match at the venue when he was struck by a ball in November. Australia captain Steve Smith says the …

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David Warner opens up about emotional return to SCG after Hughes’ death

  • ‘When I go to that Randwick End, I’m going to be looking down at that spot’
  • Teammates putting on ‘brave face’ in Sydney

David Warner is unsure how he will cope with an emotional first return to the SCG after Phillip Hughes was fatally struck by a bouncer.

Warner and teammates Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon and Shane Watson were fielding at the SCG in November in a domestic game when Hughes sustained a blow to his neck that led to his death three days before his 26th birthday.

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Phillip Hughes to be honoured with plaque at SCG

Ground will also have 63 bats fixed to upper deck during fourth Test in memory of player who started career with New South Wales

A plaque to honour the memory of Phillip Hughes will be unveiled at the SCG on Monday on the eve of the fourth Test between Australia and India.

In one of a number of planned tributes to Hughes, whose death five weeks ago after being struck by a bouncer at the ground shocked the cricketing world, the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust will place a plaque featuring a small bust of Hughes on the wall of the Members’ Pavilion.

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