Tuesday, 11 October 2016

A difficult week for some

It is going to be a very difficult week in Australia as the inquest into Phillip Hughes death began yesterday.

Few of us will forget the events of 25th November 2014, when the life of a young and talented cricketer took a fatal turn.

He was hit on the neck by a ball and collapsed on the field.

He suffered a haemorrhage in the brain and died two days later.

The out pouring of grief in Australia was immense as it was all over the world, showing  the 'cricket family' uniting to pay their respects for the loss of one of their own.

The inquest is to see if his death was avoidable.

In her opening statement Kristina Stern SC had said that Hughes death 'appears to have been inevitable from the point of impact'. Laying out numerous avenues of inquiry as well as the timeline of events from the moment he was struck to the time he made it to surgery.

Sledging and short bowling tactics were all look closely examined Brad Haddin and Doug Bollinger from NSW were both examined over the events of the day.

Hughes' parents sat through the day and obviously were seen to be visibly shaken.They left the room when video footage of the event was shown.This will be a difficult week for them as they relive it all again

I have found the reading of the first days events difficult, and so I can barely imagine how the family of Phillip feel.

A son and brother lost his life playing a game that in reality no one ever sees as 'deadly'

NSW coroner Michael Barnes QC,summed this up with saying 'Cricket is not generally seen as dangerous or violent, but that does not mean that cricket can not be made safer'

I would agree with that wholeheartedly.

The inquest continues today.

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