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Hughes inquest: what we know so far

AAP logoAAP 13/10/2016 By Rebekah Ison

INQUEST INTO PHILLIP HUGHES' DEATH - WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:

* State Coroner Michael Barnes is looking at whether the nature of play contributed to risk, the response to Hughes' injury and whether different equipment could make players safer

* At a 2014 Sheffield Shield game between NSW and South Australia at the SCG, NSW bowler Sean Abbott delivered nine consecutive short balls at Hughes. The inquest heard 23 bouncers were bowled in total on that day, 20 of them at Hughes

* Three separate triple zero calls were made

* The ambulance carrying Hughes left the SCG at 3.17pm, 54 minutes after he was hit.

WHAT HAPPENED ON DAY FOUR

* All three family members present shook their head at testimony from Cricket Australia official Alex Kountouris. Greg Hughes appeared to mouth an obscenity, while mother Virginia leant forward and cried

* Father Greg Hughes broke down as a NSW Ambulance director expressed his condolences

WITNESSES ON DAY FOUR

*Alex Kountouris - Cricket Australia's sport science and sport medicine manager upset family when he said he didn't know about their concerns regarding the nature of play when he investigated the death for a 2015 incident report

* Jamie Vernon - The NSW ambulance control unit director at the time of Hughes' injury said the matter would have originally been given the top priority rating if the first triple zero caller had known relevant information. He also expressed his condolences to the family on behalf of the service and attending paramedics

WHAT'S AHEAD

* It's expected no further oral evidence will be heard.

* Submissions will be heard on Friday, with State Coroner Michael Barnes expected to hand down findings at a later date.

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