Australian cricketer Phil Hughes has died at the age of 25, two days after he was hospitalised with a severe head injury.

The sportsman collapsed after he was hit on the head by a ball during a match in Sydney, Australia on Monday (24Nov14). He was treated on the ground before being rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital.

Hughes, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the freak accident, underwent surgery to treat a cerebral haemorrhage and was placed in an induced coma.

He did not regain consciousness and died on Thursday (27Nov14).

Australia team captain Michael Clarke read a statement on behalf of Hughes' family, saying, "We are devastated by the loss of our much loved son and brother Phillip. It's been a very difficult few days. We appreciate all of the support that we have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public.

"Cricket was Phillip's life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him. We'd like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent's Hospital and Cricket Nsw medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you."

Hughes made his international debut for Australia in 2009.