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Independent review of Philip Hughes tragedy

The events that culminated in the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes almost six months ago will be examined in an independent review that has been commissioned by Cricket Australia.
The events that culminated in the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes almost six months ago will be examined in an independent review that has been commissioned by Cricket Australia. Matt King

CRICKET Australia has commissioned a review into the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.

The events that culminated in the death of Macksville's favourite son in November will be examined in an independent review that will be chaired by Melbourne-based barrister Mr David Curtain QC.

Curtain is a former Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council and President of the Australian Bar Association.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said the review, which has the support of Hughes' family, will focus on the cause and circumstances of  the Australian cricketers death after he was struck on the neck by the ball while attempting to pull a short-pitched delivery when batting for South Australia in a Bupa Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales at the SCG.

"When this (Phillip Hughes) tragedy happened, I said that it was a freak accident, but it was one freak accident too many," Sutherland said.

"Never again do we want to see something like that happen on a cricket field.

"We have a deep responsibility and obligation to look into the events of that awful day to understand everything that occurred and then see what could be done to prevent a similar accident happening in the future.

"This is not an exercise designed to apportion blame on any individual for what took place.

"It is about making sure that as a sport we are doing everything in our power to prevent an accident of this nature happening again."

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