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Phillip Hughes inquest to start

AAP logoAAP 9/10/2016 By Rebekah Ison

Australian cricketers are expected to give evidence at a five-day inquest due to start on Monday into the death of batsman Phillip Hughes.

Hughes, 25, died days after he was struck on the side of the head by a short-pitched delivery from friend and pace bowler Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield match in November, 2014.

State Coroner Michael Barnes is expected to look at the media coverage of the death, after Hughes' family reported feeling upset by the frequent broadcast of the fatal incident.

He will also look at whether the nature of play exacerbated the risk of injury, and if a different protective helmet would have reduced the likelihood of death, a NSW Coroner's Court spokesperson said.

Hughes' death prompted a review by Australian Bar Association's president David Curtain SC, who found the former Test batsman received appropriate medical attention in the 20 minutes and 10 seconds between being struck and an ambulance arriving.

The Curtain report also found the death would not have been prevented if Hughes had been wearing a British-standard helmet.

Hughes, who played 26 Tests and 25 one-day internationals, did not regain consciousness before his death.

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