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Findings say misjudgement the real cause of Phillip Hughes’s death

"A minuscule misjudgement or a slight error of execution caused him to miss the ball which crashed into his neck with fatal consequences," said New South Wales coroner Michael Barnes in long-awaited findings.

File Pix : late Aussie cricketer Phillip Hughes , 1988 - 2014

Thre is new revelation in the tragic death of Aussie batsman Phillip Hughes. According to latest media reports a “minuscule misjudgement” by Australian batsman Phillip Hughes when facing a bouncer led to his rather untimely death.

New South Wales coroner Michael Barnes in long-awaited findings had this to say : “A minuscule misjudgement or a slight error of execution caused him to miss the ball which crashed into his neck with fatal consequences. There was no suggestion the ball was bowled with malicious intent. Neither the bowler nor anyone else was to blame for the tragic outcome.”

Hughes, who played 26 Tests, died from bleeding on the brain in November 2014 after being hit on the neck by a rising ball from Sean Abbott while batting in a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Hughes, who faced 20 of the day’s 23 short balls, was an experienced batsman and no failure to enforce rules by the umpires contributed to the fatal accident, Barnes found.

The death of the popular 25-year-old, who had risen through the ranks to play for his country, stunned Australia and the world cricket community, sparking an outpouring of grief.

Barnes added that his death would not have been prevented even if he was wearing more modern head protection, and that a quicker medical response would also have made no difference to the “unsurvivable” injuries.

“Phillip wasn’t wearing the most up-to-date safety helmet when he was struck and the rules that then applied didn’t require him to do so,” he said.

“However, had he even been wearing that most modern equipment then available, it would not have protected the area of his body where the fatal blow landed.”

At the time, Hughes was wearing a helmet which was not compliant with the more recent, and stringent, British Standard, which extends the grille protecting the face further to the rear of the helmet.

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