Players can’t dwell on negatives after injury
PHILLIP Hughes had to fight his whole career, dealing with pressures of people doubting his credentials as a Test cricketer. Why is beyond me. His first-class numbers were up there with some of the greats of our game.
He was one of the best guys I played with and against. He always had a smile and a laugh, whether as a teammate or opponent.
It is hard to imagine that he is no longer with us after being stuck by a short ball in a Shield game against his former state, New South Wales, on Tuesday.
This is not an injury anyone would think to associate with cricket, it's simply unlucky, much like the Alex McKinnon incident in the NRL this year was.
As players, you do not dwell on what can happen to you on the field. How can you? If you worried about every possible negative, you wouldn't even make it to the ground.
I was struck last year by a Ben Hilfenhaus bouncer and I consider myself very fortunate that the ball connected with a part of my helmet.
I only missed two weeks of cricket with a badly swollen eye and think the short turnaround back to batting helped me avoid dealing with mental scars.
My deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and all in the wider cricket family who had the privilege of spending time with the great man.
Our game is poorer for his loss.
We will miss you Hughsey.