Phillip Hughes: Alastair Cook says cricket has 'never been safer'

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Alastair Cook says cricket has never been safer
England v Sri Lanka: Second one-day international
Venue: Colombo (RPS) Dates: Saturday 29 November Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Cricket has "never been safer" despite the death of Phillip Hughes, says England captain Alastair Cook.

The Australia batsman died on Thursday, two days after being struck in the neck by a short-pitched delivery during a domestic match in Sydney.

But Cook said: "It hasn't been a safer game ever than it is now. We've got to keep on playing cricket the same way.

"The safety provisions over the last few years have gone through the roof. Bouncers can't be outlawed."

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Phillip Hughes (1988-2014)
Phillip Hughes, batting for South Australia, was hit on the neck by a short-pitched ball on Tuesday. He never regained consciousness.
Australian team doctor Peter Brukner explained Hughes died as a result of "vertebral artery dissection".
His family paid tribute to a "much-loved son and brother".
Emotional Australia captain Michael Clarke stayed with Hughes's family at his bedside for two days.
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A State Memorial Service for Hughes will be held at Sydney Cricket Ground. A date has yet to be announced.
Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott described Hughes' death as a "shocking aberration".

Cook said players who played with Hughes in county cricket could be rested for Saturday's second one-day international against Sri Lanka.

They include Eoin Morgan and Steven Finn, team-mates of Hughes at Middlesex, and Moeen Ali, who played with him at Worcestershire.

"It's been a tough few days for everyone," Cook said, confirming that Morgan, Finn and Ali had access to "support networks".

Cook said he thought all three were in the right frame of mind to play against the Sri Lankans at the weekend but added: "We can make that call on Saturday if they don't feel they can."

There have been a number of tributes to Hughes.

On social media, players and fans have been posting photographs of their bats as a mark of respect to the 25-year-old, using the hashtags #putoutyourbats and #putyourbatsout.

The England team have also joined in, placing their bats in a row outside their dressing room in Colombo.

England bats in a row outside their dressing room
England bats in a row outside their dressing room

England are 1-0 down in the seven-match series against Sri Lanka after suffering a 25-run defeat in the first one-day international, but Cook took heart from England's battling performance.

"We know we've got to improve on a lot of areas but I was encouraged with the start of the tour," he said.

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