Warner speaks at Hughes inquest
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Australian vice-captain Dave Warner says he thinks Phillip Hughes made an "error of judgment" on the day he was felled by a cricket ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Warner was giving evidence at a Sydney inquest into Hughes' death, which has previously heard allegations NSW bowler Doug Bollinger said something like "I'm going to kill you" or "I'm going to kill yous" to the South Australian batting partnership before the fatal incident.
Warner said he didn't hear any sledging and that Hughes, who was his good friend, was playing comfortably during the Sheffield Shield match.
"I don't think he was anxious," he said via audio visual link from South Africa on Tuesday.
"I think just on the day it was an error of judgment."
The court heard Hughes' brother Jason says South Australian batsman Tom Cooper told him of Bollinger's alleged sledge over a beer after the 25-year-old's death.
But Cooper, who was at the non-striker's end when Hughes was struck by a short Sean Abbott delivery in November 2014, denied the the allegation on Tuesday.
He said he would have remembered if Bollinger had made such a serious sledge and that he can't remember Hughes being insulted at all.
"Mr Cooper, I suggest to you, you told Jason these words and you are now denying them," barrister for the Hughes family Greg Melick SC said at Sydney's Downing Centre.
"No," Cooper, who was visibly distressed as he left court, replied.
Jason Hughes shook his head during Cooper's evidence.
The batsman said he thought NSW was bowling short at Hughes after lunch in an attempt to slow the run rate.
But in a statement read to the court, he said he didn't think there was anything inappropriate about his opponents' tactics and that bowling short at a batsman who had been at the crease for some time was common.
The inquest has heard the last nine balls delivered to Hughes were all short.
Warner said there was always a general plan to bowl at or over leg stump to move Hughes backward but that it had not been specifically discussed in the break before Hughes was hit.
Mr Melick suggested Warner's memory of the day wasn't good because he couldn't recall Cooper being hit in the shoulder or Bollinger being told to calm down by an umpire.
"(That's) probably not uncommon for Doug," Warner said with a grin.
Experienced international umpire Simon Taufel has told the court 20 of 23 bouncers bowled during play were directed at Hughes.
Umpire Ash Barrow said he was content Abbott's penultimate over to Hughes, which featured a short-pitched salvo, was legal and within the spirit of the game.
State coroner Michael Barnes is examining the nature of play before Hughes was hit by the Abbott delivery, the response to the injury and whether any changes to equipment are needed.
Professor Johan Duflou, who performed Hughes' autopsy, said the type of haemorrhage sustained by the cricketer was usually seen in one-punch victims.
He and neurosurgeon Brian Owler said they didn't think the injury could ever be completely eradicated.
The inquest continues.