Last day of Phil Hughes inquiry

The inquest into the death of cricketer Phil Hughes will draw to a close, following the conclusion of the fifth day at Sydney’s Downing Centre.

Only submissions are expected to be heard today, following emotional scenes when Cricket Australia presented evidence on Thursday.

Sport science and medicine manager Alex Kountouris “absolutely” denied he knew the family’s concerns regarding the nature of play on the day of their son’s death, when he prepared the 2015 incident report.


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25-year-old Hughes died two days after he was struck by a short-pitched delivery on the neck, during a Sheffield Shield match on November 25, 2014.

The New South Wales paceman who delivered the fatal ball, Sean Abbott, had his written statement read in the inquiry.

Members of Hughes’ family have attended the proceedings, expressing concerns that their son was targeted by ungentlemanly bowling, after accusations of sledging were revealed.

His family alleges he was targeted by ungentlemanly bowling and comments before the incident.

Counsel assisting, Kristina Stern SC submitted that no evidence of sledging would have exacerbated the injury, and therefore it would be unnecessary for Mr Barnes to pursue the possibility.

State Coroner Michael Barnes isn’t expected to hand down his findings until the end of the month.

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