Cricket Australia to review Hughes death

HUGHES HONOUR: The bats and caps of the Australian cricket team left by the field in a tribute to the late Phillip Hughes.
HUGHES HONOUR: The bats and caps of the Australian cricket team left by the field in a tribute to the late Phillip Hughes. GETTY IMAGES

A ONCE-in-a-lifetime freak accident has triggered an extensive independent review into the death of Phillip Hughes.

Cricket Australia announced yesterday the review into Hughes's death would be chaired by top QC David Curtain.

Curtain is a former chairman of the Victorian Bar Council and president of the Australian Bar Association.

Hughes died after he was struck by a bouncer while batting for South Australia against New South Wales at the SCG in November last year.

"When this tragedy happened, I said that it was a freak accident, but it was one freak accident too many," Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said. "Never again do we want to see something like that happen on a cricket field. We have a deep responsibility to look into the events of that awful day to understand everything that occurred."

Sutherland was quick to add the review was not designed to lay blame on anyone.

He said it was more to make sure Cricket Australia would do everything it could to prevent a similar accident occurring in the future.

"There were certain measures put in place soon after Phillip's passing such as increasing the medical presence at all CA matches," Sutherland said.

"(Cricket Australia has also been) working very closely with our helmet supplier to investigate the suitability of protective head equipment offered to all players. This review will help determine whether we need to implement further measures before the 2015-16 season."

As review chairman, Curtain will examine and make recommendations on the following matters in Cricket Australia-sanctioned matches, and official training sessions:

The causes and circumstances which led to the injury and death of Hughes;

The systems in place to prevent a similar accident from occurring, and Cricket Australia's approach to:

Mandating, and enforcing the use and wearing of personal protective equipment to protect the head and heart;

The provision and use of cricket helmets, including consideration of helmet certification standards and suitability;

The medical screening of contracted players - especially those players with particular vulnerabilities;

The provision of a safe working environment at venues for matches and training, including management of participants who suffer head and heart injuries, and

The extent of the medical support afforded to players and on-field support staff - including match officials - at matches and training.

It is expected the key findings from the review will be made public later this year.

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