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Hughes' mate says Bollinger sledged: court

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NSW bowler Doug Bollinger told a friend of Phillip Hughes he had said "I am going to kill you" on the playing field before the South Australian batsman was fatally struck by a ball, a coroner's court has been told.

At a Sydney inquest into Hughes' death, cricketers have testified they can't recall Bollinger making the alleged sledge, which the Hughes family was concerned had been directed at the 25-year-old and his batting partner Tom Cooper.

Hughes died two days after being struck on the neck by a bouncer bowled by Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield match in Sydney on November 25, 2014.

In a written statement to the inquest dated on Tuesday, former Tasmanian cricketer Matthew Day said Bollinger told him at an event after Hughes had died that he'd made the sledge.

"I can't believe I said that," Day recalled Bollinger saying at the SCG.

"I've said things like that in the past but I am never going to say that again."

Day said six or seven cricketers were around when Bollinger divulged the sledge.

He said he told Hughes' brother, Jason, of the alleged comment when he arrived at the event.

"Tom Cooper just told me the same thing," Day recalled Jason Hughes telling him.

Cooper denied telling Jason Hughes about the sledge when he took the stand on Tuesday.

Players and umpires have testified they don't think Hughes was unfairly targeted by short balls before he was hit.

Day said he shared a taxi with then-NSW assistant coach Trent Johnston some time after Hughes' death.

"I am struggling with the fact that I was a big part of the plan that NSW adopted," Day said Johnston told him.

"That was to bowl short to Phil, and that eventually ended with him being struck."

Counsel assisting Kristina Stern SC said on Wednesday there was no evidence sledging contributed to Hughes' fatal injury and that it would be unnecessary for State Coroner Michael Barnes to make a finding on the matter.

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