Posted: 26 November, 2014
Matthew Hayden and others join The Grill Team, rallying for Hughesy.
Phillip Hughes sporting the baggy green for Australia: Getty Images
Late yesterday, we heard the awful news that South Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was put in a critical condition and taken to hospital after being hit by a bouncer.
He was playing in a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG match when he was struck by a short delivery from NSW paceman Sean Abbott.
As many reports came out we struggled for accurate information, we now know that Hughes was given mouth to mouth resuscitation on the field and then taken to St Vincent's hospital in a critical condition.
With that news one of Cricket Australia's beloved sons had been injured, a great outpouring of well wishes came from many people.
One of those rallying for Hughes is a friend of his and one of Australia's greatest batsmen, Matthew Hayden.
"He's a proper chap as they say, just loves cricket for the right reasons, always flies under the radar...and a very good cricketer," said Matty Hayden.
"What about the bouncer, sports make changes when incidents like this happen...do you foresee...some changes to the rules where bouncer are concerned?" asks Matty.
"I just think if you take away that from the game, it takes away that combative nature of the game, as I said we're not running into massive human men [like rugby league] but actually you just want to challenge yourself," explained Hayden.
Listen To Matthew Hayden's full interview with The Grill Team
We also heard from Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, who was saddened by the incident but amazed at the support from not only Aus but also overseas for Phillip Hughes.
"Shocking news and just a freak incident and terrible injuries coming from it but it was remarkable to see the way in which I guess the incident has galvanized people in terms of support and not just here in Australia and also all over the world," explained James Sutherland.
Listen to the full interview with Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland below.
Channel Nine producer Will Dempsey also talked to the boys about being at the field when Phillip Hughes was hit by that bouncer.
"I woke up this morning and just happened to turn on the today show and I've seen the vision again...and you can only imagine what the players that surrounded him immediately would now be going through...the entire day was a very, very unfortunately circumstance," said Will Dempsey.
Listen to the full audio below.
The Cricket world is in shock after Phillip Hughes was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.