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Cricketing tragedy shows life can hang by a slender thread

The death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes was a freak accident which makes his passing all the more poignant. Batsmen often get hit when facing fast bowlers but the worst injury is usually a broken finger or rib. There is a potential for danger in the game, but padding and the wearing of helmets give batsmen great reassurance.

Yet as this tragedy, and the near fatal head injury suffered by Ireland's cricket coach several years ago show, life can sometimes hang by a very slender thread.

While the sympathy of all in the game and fans will go out to Hughes' family, we should also remember the bowler involved. He was not to blame but yet he will always be saddled with the knowledge that he caused a death. He, too, needs sympathy and support.

Belfast Telegraph