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The death of cricketer Phillip Hughes on November 25, 2014, sent shockwaves through the cricketing community.

What happened that fateful day led to a coronial inquest, and now his family and the cricketing world have some answers.

The coroner has delivered his findings this morning, and the result was as many cricket fans may have been expecting.

The ABC is reporting the New South Wales state coroner has found that Hughes’ death could not have prevented, even if he was wearing the best protection available.

Read more: Inquest into death of cricketer Phil Hughes hears shocking accusations

During the inquest, evidence was delivered that alleged players had made comments on field to Hughes.

Hughes’ brother Jason was told that opposing bowler Doug Bollinger allegedly told Hughes “I’m going to kill you” during the match.

While Bollinger admitted sledging players while bowling that day, he denied the shocking claims.

“I don’t recall saying that,” he told the inquest in October.

“I may have, I don’t think so.”

Read more: Phillip Hughes’ family storm out of inquest after testimony from players

Concerns were also expressed about the number of short balls aimed at Hughes, which Bollinger dismissed.

 

““I don’t think he was targeted by the bowlers, no,” Bollinger said.

“I know I didn’t sledge Phil.”

You might be wondering what the coroner had to say about those claims?

Well, while state coroner Michael Barnes said Hughes was the target of short bowling, he wasn’t convinced there was any malicious intent involved.

“Neither the bowler nor anyone else was to blame for the tragic outcome,” he said.

“I conclude no failure to enforce the laws of the game contributed to his death.”

What do you think of the coroner’s findings? Was it as you expected?

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  1. The onus is now on the governing body to change the rules Both about so-called sledging and the short ball designed to intimidate.
    Re the short ball.
    There is no doubt in any normal sane person’s mind that the idea is to intimidate the batsman/woman into making a mistake.
    It is also VERY VERY Clear that injury can occur when the ball is bowled short.
    The fact that by bowling short and attacking the head or upper body injury can and does occur.
    Personally I have never liked the short ball. I think it’s a tactic that shows up the lack of skill in the bowler.
    My opinion

  2. Sad as his death is, he took his eye off the ball and exposed his unprotected area to it.

    His own fault, unfortunately!

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