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Hughes death tragic but cricket safer now

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016

NSW coroner Michael Barnes says cricket is a safer sport following the tragic death of Phillip Hughes in a Sheffield Shield match in November 2014, a finding which has been accepted by the batsmen's family.

In handing down his findings into Hughes' death on Friday, Mr Barnes hoped the Hughes family took comfort in the improvements in safety in cricket since the Test batsman's death.

Mr Barnes found no one was to blame for what he called a "tragic accident" when Hughes was fatally struck by a ball in the neck.

"Nothing can undo the source of their (the family's) never-ending sorrow," he told Glebe Coroner's Court in Sydney.

In a statement issued on their behalf on Friday evening, Hughes' parents Greg and Virginia, brother Jason and sister Megan noted the inquest's recommendations and hoped no other family had to go through the pain of losing a loved one on an Australian sporting field.

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