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Australia's Hughes dies after being hit by ball

5:40am EST - 01:34

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, 25, dies in a Sydney hospital, two days after being struck by a ball. Yiming Woo reports.

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Australian cricketer Philip Hughes has died in hospital in Sydney, two days after he was hit on the head by a ball during a match. Michael Clarke, Australia's cricket team captain, read out a message from Hughes' family. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAPTAIN OF AUSTRALIAN CRICKET TEAM, MICHAEL CLARKE, SAYING: "Cricket was Philip's life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him. We'll like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St. Vincent's hospital and Cricket New South Wales Medical Staff for their great efforts with Philip. We Love you." The 25-year-old international batsman was rushed to hospital and died without ever regaining consciousness. Doctors said cases like his were very rare. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CRICKET AUSTRALIA DOCTOR PETER BRUKNER SAYING: "This was a freakish accident because it was an injury to the neck that caused haemorrhage in the brain. The condition is incredibly rare. It's called vertebral artery dissection, leading to subarachnoid haemorrhage, is the medical condition. If you look into the literature, there's only about 100 cases ever reported." The news has brought an outpouring of grief from cricket players and fans. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott also paid tribute to Hughes. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER TONY ABBOTT SAYING: "The thought that a player in his prime should be killed playing our national game is shocking and sobering. We should be conscious of the risks that our sportspeople run to give us the pleasure that they do." His death has sparked calls for the Australian team to abandon a test match against India next week.

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Australia's Hughes dies after being hit by ball

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