Update: Phil Hughes had died 2 days after being struck on the head by a bouncer in a Sheffield match.
Cricketer Phil Hughes was placed in an induced coma following emergency surgery in hospital on Thursday afternoon, after he was struck in the head by a brutal bouncer at today's Sheffield Shield clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Loved ones, friends and fellow cricketers including Australian skipper Michael Clarke have poured through the doors of St Vincent's Hospital to be with the felled batsman, who collapsed face first on the pitch after he was clipped by a ball from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott.
There will be a tense wait before worried relatives hear if the surgery to reduce swelling on the 25-year-old's brain was successful. The South Australia batsman's family, who are from Macksville on the north coast of NSW, released a statement which said: 'The outcome of that surgery is unlikely to be known for the next 24 to 48 hours.'
Horrified onlookers at the match watched as paramedics performed mouth to mouth resuscitation on the batsman and treated him on the boundary for around 40 minutes. Hughes' mother and sister were in the SCG stands at the time.
The injured batsman was taken from the field on a Medicab. He arrived at hospital via ambulance on life support, St Vincent's spokesman David Faktor told Daily Mail Australia, before he underwent scans and was carted into the operating threatre.
Mr Faktor said the operation - similar to those performed on king hit victims when they fall onto the pavement - took less than an hour. 'He's in the best of hands, he has loved ones here,' the spokesman said.