Phillip Hughes, a batsman so precociously talented he drew early comparisons with the legendary Sir Donald Bradman, has died from injuries sustained after being struck in the head by a bouncer. He was 25.
The gifted left-hander was seemingly on the verge of another Australian Test recall as he eased his way to 63 for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield clash with New South Wales on Tuesday.
But the SCG match ended in tragedy when Hughes was struck on the back of the neck by a short-pitched ball from former Blues teammate Sean Abbott.
Hughes was rushed to nearby St Vincent's Hospital, where he underwent surgery in an attempt to reduce pressure on his brain.
He died on Thursday afternoon without regaining consciousness.
Tributes from the cricketing community, other sportspeople and elsewhere around the world flooded in for Hughes, reflecting the high regard in which he was held as a cricketer and a man.