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Hughes inquest, what we learned on day two

AAP logoAAP 11/10/2016 Rob Forsaith


* 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.

* The incident occurred around 2.23pm on November 25, 2014 in a Sheffield Shield game between NSW and South Australia at the SCG. Sean Abbott delivered nine consecutive short balls at Hughes. Analysis from Simon Taufel found that 23 bouncers were bowled in total on that day, with 20 of them directed at Hughes

* Three separate 000 calls were made

* The ambulance carrying Hughes left the SCG at 3.17pm


*Tom Cooper, a former housemate and teammate of Hughes, recalled their final batting partnership for South Ausralia. Cooper acknowledged he spoke with Hughes' brother Jason shortly after the incident *Cooper, a pallbearer at Hughes' funeral, denied telling Jason that Doug Bollinger had used words to the effect of "I'm going to kill you" during the game

*Umpires Ash Barrow and Michael Graham-Smith recalled NSW's short-pitched salvo at the SCG. Both were satisfied it was legal and within the spirit of the game. The duo also confirmed they had no first-aid training to call on

*Taufel, a respected former umpire who later served as the sport's umpires manager and is now working at Cricket Australia, had no complaints about how the game in question was policed. Regarding potential changes to short-pitched bowling laws, Taufel was unwilling to make specific recommendations

*Forensic pathologist Johan Duflou and forensic pathologist Brian Owler both gave evidence relating to the blow that caused Hughes' death

*Australia vice-captain David Warner, a former Test and NSW teammate of Hughes, gave evidence via video link from South Africa. Warner was adamant Hughes "wasn't sledged at all" *Warner believed Hughes wasn't anxious about a barrage bouncer that preceded his blow to the neck, rather "on the day it was an error of judgement"


*Officials from Cricket NSW and the SCG Trust are expected to give evidence on Wednesday.

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