Play on the second day of the third cricket test between New Zealand and Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates was abandoned because of the death of Phillip Hughes.
Initially, the start of play in Sharjah was delayed for an hour while officials discussed their response to the death of the Australian cricketer struck on the head by a bouncer on Tuesday.
No New Zealand players were available for comment but it is understood that the raw feelings in both dressing rooms led to the abandonment of the day’s play.
Hughes, 25, suffered the injury when hit by in the head by a bouncer from NSW paceman Sean Abbott while batting for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield match at the SCG on Tuesday.
He underwent emergency surgery to reduce pressure on his brain later that day and remained in an induced coma in intensive care.
Cricket Australia confirmed the former test batsman died in St Vincent’s Hospital this afternoon.