Hughes to have scans

The 25-year-old remains in a critical condition in hospital with an injury sustained while batting for South Australia in their Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales.

In a statement, Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said: "Phillip Hughes remains in a critical condition in St Vincent's hospital after being struck in the head while batting for South Australia against NSW at the SCG yesterday.

"He will have scans this morning and a further update will be provided when the results of those scans are known."

Hughes collapsed on the pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground after being hit by a ball from pace bowler Sean Abbott as he attempted a pull shot.

The batsman, who was wearing a protective helmet, was rushed to the city's St Vincent's Hospital, where he underwent surgery and is being monitored in the intensive care unit.

Cricket Australia confirmed on its official website that he had been "struck on the back, lower left side of the head" with Dr Brukner confirming he had suffered a "severe" injury.

News of Hughes' plight has been greeted with shock around the world with fellow professionals and cricket fans alike sending messages of support.

As a result of the incident, Cricket Australia has announced the current round of Sheffield Shield games have been abandoned.

Cricket Australia's executive general manager of team performance Pat Howard said: "We've spoken to players and the ACA (Australian Cricketers' Association), and given how players across the country are feeling right now, it's just not the day to be playing cricket and we understand that.

"We are continuing to offer all players and match officials counselling and support at this difficult time.

"Phillip Hughes continues to receive the best possible medical care. The thoughts of his teammates and the wider cricket community are with Phillip and his family and friends at this difficult time."

  Phil Hughes is on life support following surgery after being struck on the head by a bouncer
Phil Hughes is on life support following surgery after being struck on the head by a bouncer