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Simmons hopes Hughes recovers fully

Published:Wednesday | November 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Simmons

LONDON (CMC):

Former West Indies batsman Phil Simmons says he hopes Australia's Phil Hughes makes a full recovery from a head injury sustained during a state match in Sydney yesterday.

Hughes is in a critical condition after being struck on the head by a bouncer from Sean Abbott. Abbott's delivery struck Hughes on the back of the head beneath his helmet after the batsman had missed a pull shot.

"I was out of hospital in eight days, which none of the doctors expected," said Simmons, who was hit by a David Lawrence ball in 1988, but made a full recovery following life-saving brain surgery.

"I hope he pulls through."

A SERIOUS INJURY

Simmons was the same age as Hughes - 25 - when he took the blow on the head from a Lawrence short ball and required emergency surgery.

Simmons, who was not wearing a helmet, made a full recovery four months later and resumed his international career the following year.

"My injury was as serious as you can get. I had to have emergency surgery to have a clot removed from my brain," Simmons, now Ireland coach, told BBC World Service.

"I was written off as never to play again and put in a long-term unit for head injuries, but I was out in eight days."