INQUEST: A coronial inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes will be held in Sydney this week.
INQUEST: A coronial inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes will be held in Sydney this week. Cricket Australia

NSW bowler Abbott recounts the day Hughes was felled

UPDATE: NSW bowler Sean Abbott, who bowled the fatal delivery which killed Phillip Hughes, described the incident in a statement released by the NSW Coroner's Court.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Abbott was spared from taking to the witness stand at the Hughes' inquest and instead wrote a statement.

In Abbott's statement, it was reported he did not recall anything unusual about the bowling on the day Hughes was felled.

Abbott claimed he stayed with Hughes until medical assistance arrived and then returned to the change rooms.

Once in the change room, Abbott reportedly felt confused and upset.

He stated it was a blur and feelings of being dazed and tired remained with him for the next few days.

UPDATE: SOUTH Australian batsman, Tom Cooper, who was at the non-striker's end when Phillip Hughes was struck denied there was any truth behind an alleged sledging call.

According to, Cooper denied NSW bowler Doug Bollinger sledged batsmen with "I'm going to kill you" on the second morning of the inquest in Sydney.

Cooper said he was confident the sledge did not happen.

Bollinger and Brad Haddin, the NSW wicket-keeper and captain on the day previously denied the alleged sledge on Monday.

UPDATE: AT THE end of the first day of the inquest the Coroner's Court heard Phillip Hughes' death was inevitable after he was struck on the left hand side of his neck.

In an address made by Counsel Assisting the Coroner, Kristina Stern, SC, Hughes' death could not have been prevented after he was struck.

Video footage obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald showed Ms Stern explain to the court how the former Australian cricketer had died.

"Hughes suffered a massive dissection of the dominant vertebral artery which provides arterial blood to the brain stem," Ms Stern said.

Ms Stern explained the dissection of the dominant vertebral artery led to a sudden loss of consciousness and respiration at rest.

"There was no intervention, no matter how fast, that could have been performed could prevent Phillip Hughes' death," she said.

The inquest will focus on the nature of play on the day of the Sheffield Shield match.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported the Hughes family had raised concerns about sledging on the day.

The inquest will head from several players from the day such as Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin and David Warner.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said he never wanted to see a tragedy like this happen on the cricket field in a press conference.

"This week is going to provide a confronting reminder that Phillip Hughes is no longer with us," he said.

"We do hope something good comes from this process. It's an emotionally challenging time for those involved."

ORIGINAL: A WEEK long coronial inquest into the death of former Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes will begin today in Sydney in an attempt to ensure such a event is not repeated.

Hughes, born in Macksville, died on November 27, 2014 after he was struck on the neck by a cricket ball in a NSW v South Australia Sheffield Shield match at the SCG.

In an attempted pull shot Hughes was struck in the vicinity of his vertebral artery by the fast delivery on November 25.

He collapsed shortly after where he remained motionless and received medical attention.

He was later transported to St Vincent's Hospital where he died two days later.

Cricket Australia commissioned an independent review, the Curtain Review, into the death of Hughes.

A spokesman of the Coroner's Court said the inquest would take place because Hughes' death was so unexpected.

He said evidence from the Curtain Review would be drawn on.

The spokesman said it was up to the State Coroner when to hand in the findings, but it could be before the week ends.

The State Coroner has the jurisdiction to make recommendations, particularly in the interest of public health and safety.

The review found Hughes was struck below the helmet line at such a force it caused a traumatic basal subarachnoid haemorrhage - bleeding to the brain.

In the Curtain Review, it was recommended players wore helmets which provided the most protection.

It was also suggested fielders nearby the batsman and wicket-keepers wear helmets and protective eye wear up at the stumps.

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