Sydney - Top cricketers from around the world united in their support for Phil
Hughes on Tuesday after a ball to the head left the Australian batsman
in critical condition in hospital.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann was among the first to tweet his
support as social media was inundated with messages, many tagged
The 25-year-old international underwent emergency surgery and was in
intensive care after being airlifted from Sydney Cricket Ground.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with phil and his family! He is a great fighter and a great young man!" Lehmann wrote.
The South Australia opener was knocked cold by a short ball, or
bouncer, from New South Wales fast bowler Sean Abbott after compiling 63
in a domestic Sheffield Shield game.
Australia captain Michael Clarke reportedly rushed to Hughes' side at
hospital while Test team-mate David Warner was with him during his
initial treatment on the field.
"Thoughts are with my little mate Hughsy and his family. He is a
fighter and a champion and he will get through this. Praying for you
buddy," Warner tweeted later.
Australian legends Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist also
offered their support along with current fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.
"He is a fighter and a champion and he will get through this," tweeted Johnson, a feared exponent of the short ball.
Cricket stars from abroad also sent their best wishes including Ian
Botham and his fellow former England captain Michael Vaughn, who called
it "devastating news".
Virat Kohli, who will captain India in the Test series against
Australia starting next month, wrote: "Thoughts and prayers with Phil
Hughes all the way.
"Fight it out mate. You are a top man. All the strength goes out to you and your family."
Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene and retired Indian batsman VVS Laxman
also sent messages for Hughes, along with several current players of
England, Australia's arch-rivals.
"Awful news about Phil Hughes. Sickening to hear. Praying for him and his family," wrote England fast bowler James Anderson.