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MELBOURNE---Cricket Australia will
commission an independent review into
the death of batsman Phillip Hughes in
an attempt to prevent such on-field acci-
dents from occurring in the future.
Hughes died on November 27, two days
after being struck in the neck by a ball from
a short-pitched delivery while representing
South Australia in an interstate Sheffield
Shield first-class match against New South
Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
"When this tragedy happened, I said that
it was a freak accident, but it was one freak
accident too many," Cricket Australia chief
executive James Sutherland said yesterday.
"Never again do we want to see something
like that happen on a cricket field. We have
a deep responsibility and obligation to look
into the events of that awful day."
Sutherland said the review, to be con-
ducted by Melbourne lawyer David Curtain,
will not attempt to blame anyone for the
"This is not an exercise designed to
apportion blame on any individual for what
took place. It is about making sure that as
a sport we are doing everything in our power
to prevent an accident of this nature hap-
pening again," Sutherland said.
"There were certain measures put in place
soon after Phillip s passing such as increasing
the medical presence at all CA matches and
working very closely with our helmet sup-
plier to investigate the suitability of protective
head equipment offered to all players. This
review will help determine whether we need
to implement further measures before the
Hughes death was marked by an out-
pouring of grief among Australian players
and the country s cricket community, par-
ticularly test captain and Hughes close
friend Michael Clarke. It resulted in a delay
in the start of the India-Australia Test series
which followed an emotional funeral in his
hometown on the northern New South
Wales state coast.
Sutherland said Curtain s review will
include making recommendations on the
"causes and circumstances" which led to
Hughes death and "Cricket Australia s
approach to mandating, and enforcing the
use and wearing of personal protective
equipment in order to protect the head and
Sutherland said he expected the review
would be completed by the end of the year.
Paul Collingwood, the veteran former England
allrounder who has already declared his ambi-
tion to coach at the highest level when he retires
from playing, says that only "a ridiculous offer"
would interest him in the current England
Yorkshire s first-team coach Jason Gillespie
and fellow Australian Justin Langer currently
head the betting for next England coach and
Andrew Strauss, the new director of England
cricket, confirmed at his first news conference
that Gillespie was a candidate.
Were England to go in another direction,
though, and shy away from putting an Australian
in charge for an Ashes campaign, then Durham
captain Collingwood would be a front-runner,
especially given that he has already worked with
England during a brief stint as assistant to former
limited-overs coach Ashley Giles.
Collingwood will be 39 in two weeks time but
asked if he would be putting his name forward
following the sacking of Peter Moores, he said
his thoughts are on continuing his playing career,
possibly even into next season.
Guptill ready to
restate Test case
New Zealand have not lost a Test series in
the last two years, since their last visit to the
UK. Martin Guptill has not played a Test in
the last two years, having featured on that
tour, but he is in line for a recall at Lord s next
week. Like the rest of Brendon McCullum s
side, he is quietly confident of acquitting him-
Guptill has struggled to adapt his belligerent
limited-overs hitting for Test cricket, averaging
less than 30 from 31 matches, but he played a
full part in New Zealand s romp to the World
Cup final two months ago, hammering 237 not
out, the highest-ever score at the tournament,
during a quarter-final win over West Indies.
He carried that form into a short stint with
Derbyshire, hitting 227 off 176 balls in a Cham-
pionship match at Bristol, ahead of joining up
with New Zealand s touring squad. Such was
the ferocity of that innings, Guptill suffered a
side strain that kept him out of the warm-up
match in Taunton; he is, however, expected to
be fit for the game against Worcestershire, start-
ing on Thursday.
"I guess playing here in England before the
Test series was the best preparation I could have
asked for. So pretty thankful for Derbyshire
having me there and getting a couple of games
under my belt," Guptill said. "If I get the chance
in the Test matches then I ll look to play how
I can play and take it from there. I m preparing
as if I ll play at the moment and if I m not then
I ll try and get in there for the second Test."
Guptill is likely to be in competition with
Hamish Rutherford to partner Tom Latham at
the top of the order but all three will play at
New Road - weather permitting, that it, with
persistent rainfall forecast for Thursday. An
extra day of rest might not do Guptill any harm
but New Zealand will be keen to continue their
good form after starting the tour with an efficient
"The team played a great game down in Som-
erset, unfortunately I couldn t play," he said.
"There s a lot of confidence in the guys at the
moment, some young guys being drip fed into
the team and they ve done very well so far."
Flashback: Australian captain Michael Clarke arrives at Phil Hughes' funeral. AP PHOTO
Cricket Australia to
review Hughes' death
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