Australian Test batsman Phil Hughes has died, two days after being hit on the head by a ball.
Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said he never regained consciousness and died in hospital in Sydney.
The 25-year-old Hughes was carried off on a stretcher Tuesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground after a short-pitched delivery struck his head, missing his helmet.
He had CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before being taken to hospital and placed in an induced coma.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott paid tribute to the player, describing Hughes as a young man living out his dreams.
Prime Minister Abbott said Hughes’ death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family.
Hughes, batting for South Australia, collapsed face first on the ground after being hit by the bouncer from Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales on Tuesday.
Doctors did not give details on the extent of Hughes’s injuries but the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said his skull was fractured and the Sydney Morning Herald reported that he had suffered catastrophic bleeding in his brain.
Hughes, who had played 26 Tests, made his Test debut at the age of 20 against South Africa in 2009.