Phil Hughes passed away last November following a blow to the neck © Getty Images
Phil Hughes passed away last November following a blow to the neck © Getty Images

A coroner’s inquest will be conducted to study the tragic and untimely death of Phillip Hughes, who succumbed to injury following a blow to the unprotected neck last November. The inquest will be conducted by the New South Wales (NSW) State Coroner. The coroner’s inquest will be in addition to Cricket Australia’s (CA) independent review of the incident which took place at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). CA has said that it is fully willing to co-operate with the coroner’s inquest and will provide findings from their independent review to back the coroner’s inquest. Phillip Hughes: Rest in peace

“We have had open dialogue with the New South Wales Crown Solicitor and have indicated that we will be as cooperative as possible with any coronial inquest,” a CA spokesman told cricket.com.au. “We remain absolutely determined to see if anything could be done to prevent a similar accident happening again. Never again do we want to see a tragedy of that nature happen on a cricket field,” he added.

“We believe it is entirely appropriate to progress our own independent review into the incident to help determine if we need to implement any further safety measures in time for the 2015-16 season. We will share the findings of that review with the coroner if requested.”

“When this (Phillip Hughes) tragedy happened, I said that it was a freak accident, but it was one freak accident too many,” CA CEO James Sutherland said in May. “Never again do we want to see something like that happen on a cricket field. ALSO READ: ‘Phillip Hughes death freakish accident’