The death of Phillip Hughes, the 25-year-old Australian cricketer, is a devastating tragedy, for his family and friends, for Australian cricket, and for everyone around the world who follows the game. Hughes was struck on the head by a short rising delivery in the course of a Sheffield Shield game, the Australian equivalent of the English first class county game. He doubled over for a moment and then collapsed face-first to the ground, never to regain consciousness.
There is and has always been a vast, unspoken violence to the game of cricket. It is not immediately obvious, but is recognised…
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