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England, Sri Lanka concerned for Phil Hughes

India TV News Desk 26 Nov 2014, 8:28:36 AM IST
India TV News Desk

Colombo, Sri Lanka: The England and Sri Lanka cricket teams expressed their support for Australia batsman Phil Hughes, who was in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital after he was hit in the head by a ball.

Hughes, wearing a helmet, was struck behind his left ear when he attempted to pull a short-pitched delivery in a Sheffield Shield game. He underwent surgery and was in intensive care.

"The whole dressing room is massively concerned for Phillip, said England captain Alastair Cook.

"That tragedy, to happen on a cricket field, it has just taken us all by shock.

"We have guys who played with him from Worcestershire, Middlesex. Quite a few of us have played against him, too. I hope he can show the same fight he's shown his whole career."

Sri Lanka batsman Lahiru Thirimanne added: "We heard the news just after practice, it was shocking. He is a terrific player, our thoughts and prayers are with him."

The first of seven ODIs starts today.