Sport Cricket Phillip Hughes’ family asks for privacy ahead of inquest

Phillip Hughes’ family asks for privacy ahead of inquest

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Tragedy: Phillip Hughes after scoring a century in 2009. Photo: Getty
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The family of the late Australian cricketer, Phillip Hughes, hopes there will be a positive outcome from the inquest into his death.

Speaking outside the court in Sydney where the inquest will be held this week, Hughes’ former manager James Henderson asked media to give the family space.

“This is going to be a very, very, very difficult week for Greg, Virginia, Jason and Megan,” Mr Henderson told reporters on Monday.

“They’re hoping that perhaps there will be a positive come out of Phillip’s death as we go through this next five days inside the coroner’s court.”

Hughes, 25, died days after he was struck on the side of the head by a short-pitched delivery from friend and pace bowler Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield match in November, 2014.

State Coroner Michael Barnes is expected to look at the media coverage of the death, after Hughes’ family reported feeling upset by the frequent broadcast of the fatal incident.

He will also look at whether the nature of play exacerbated the risk of injury, and if a different protective helmet would have reduced the likelihood of death.

Hughes’ death prompted a review by Australian Bar Association’s president David Curtain SC.

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