The highly anticipated findings on the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes will be handed down today, following an inquest into his death.
Hughes’ family, team mates and the Australian cricket community will learn whether changes to the sport will be recommended from the inquest into his untimely death.
In an emotionally charged five-day inquest, evidence was presented from players, officials and authorities after a short-pitched delivery from NSW bowler Sean Abbott fatally struck Hughes during a Sheffield Shield match in November 2014.
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NSW Coroner Michael Barnes is expected to release his recommendations covering protective equipment, playing conditions and management of emergency situations.
Emotional evidence from players and officials deepened a rift between the former Test batsman’s family and the governing body, with claims of cover-ups, threatening sledges and sub-par emergency response.
Members of the family walked out of the court on the final day of the inquest, following testimony from the legal team representing cricket boards and players, who claimed the “bonds of mateship” were on display from the moment Hughes was struck.
The barrister representing the family told the court there was organised sledging and short bowls aimed at their son.
The court heard Sean Abbott had bowled eight straight short balls to Hughes, prior to the fatal delivery.