Phillip Hughes: Simon Jones 'deeply saddened' by death

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Image caption Jones was part of the Ashes-winning England side in 2005

Welsh cricketer Simon Jones said the death of friend and former team-mate Phillip Hughes is "sickening".

Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, 25, died two days after being hit on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.

Jones and Hughes played together at Hampshire.

The former England and Glamorgan pace bowler told BBC Wales' Morning Call: "To find out he has passed away is deeply saddening."

Jones added: "The thing that struck me about Phil was his energy and his love for the game. He always wanted to get better, I didn't see anyone work as hard as him.

"This is a freak accident... my thoughts go to his family and friends but also the bowler, Sean Abbott."

Jeff Evans, a first class umpire from Llanelli who officiated several games Hughes played in, said his reaction to his death was one of "complete and utter sadness and shock".

"He was a great character and a lovely guy. It's an awfully sad day for cricket and sport", he said.

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Image caption Tributes were paid to Phillip Hughes at the Adelaide Oval

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