Phil Hughes was a 'naturally gifted player': ICC

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Dubai, Nov 27: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today said it was "shocked and saddened" with the news of Australia Test opener Phil Hughes tragic death after suffering severe head injury during a match.

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The 25-year-old Hughes was hit on the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match on Tuesday (November 25). He passed away today in a Sydney hospital after failing to regain consciousness.

ICC offered its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Hughes.

ICC Chairman N Srinivasan said: "We are all shocked and saddened with the news of Phillip's passing. On behalf of the entire cricket community, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends."

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said in Dubai: "He was a naturally gifted player who entertained many with his attacking approach to the game. All those who play, have played or are in any way connected to the game are devastated by the news. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy at this difficult time."

Born in Macksville, New South Wales, Hughes made his Test debut against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2009 and in only his second Test match, in Durban, he became the youngest cricketer to score two centuries in a Test.

Hughes played 26 Test matches (scoring 1,535 runs, including three centuries), 25 One-Day Internationals (scoring 826 runs, including two centuries) - most recently in the victory over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in October - and one T20 International.

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