Phil Hughes’s inquest will include player safety, media coverage

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Player safety and appropriateness of media coverage will be examined at an inquest later this year into the death of Phillip Hughes, the former Australian Test batsman. On November 25 of 2014, the 25-year-old was hit in the neck by a ball while batting in a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He died in hospital two days later as a result of a traumatic basal subarachnoid haemorrhage caused by the blow.
The draft issues for the inquest were presented to Michael Barnes, the New South Wales Coroner, at a directions hearing on Friday (June 10). The draft issues include the New South Wales Ambulance response time, with paramedics taking 23 minutes to reach Hughes that afternoon.
Hughes’s family have also requested the Coroner to look at the appropriateness of the media coverage after expressing concerns. News organisations have been sent letters, seeking a response. Parties due to be represented at the inquest include cricketing bodies, emergency services and Hughes’s family.

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