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Hughes remains critical

Published:Thursday | November 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Australian batsman Phillip Hughes remains in critical condition in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, almost two days after being knocked out by a cricket ball and undergoing emergency surgery.

Dozens of cricketers, including Australia captain Michael Clarke, have spent time at the 25-year-old Hughes' bedside at St Vincent's Hospital in downtown Sydney, and this week's full round of the Sheffield Shield competition has been cancelled. His condition has been unchanged since surgery to relieve pressure on his brain on Tuesday afternoon.

Test players such as David Warner, Shane Watson and vice-captain Brad Haddin were on the field for New South Wales when Hughes, a New South Welshman who now plays for South Australia, collapsed after being hit behind the left ear by a short-pitch ball from Sean Abbott at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The emotional impact on the players has led to speculation that next week's first Test against India could be delayed.

Organisers cancelled a news conference scheduled for today with the captain of a Cricket Australia Invitational XI due to play India in a two-day tour match in Adelaide starting tomorrow.