A surprise witness has created a storm in the inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes, claiming NSW fast bowler Doug Bollinger admitted to making an "I'll kill you" sledge that has been a focal point this week.
Bollinger, David Warner, Brad Haddin and Hughes' batting partner Tom Cooper have all denied the sledge was made.
Phillip Hughes' brother Jason Hughes has claimed Cooper spoke of the alleged sledge at a gathering of players at an SCG wake the night Phillip died.
Cricketer Matt Day, a close friend of Phillip Hughes, backed Jason's claim, The Australian reported.
"Whilst I was at the gathering at Sydney Cricket Ground, I was with a group of players sitting where the players' seats are in the home dressing room," Day said in the statement released this afternoon, adding that Bollinger was among the players in the group.
"There was general discussion regarding the circumstances of the match. At one stage, Doug Bollinger said words to the effect of: 'One of my sledges was 'I am going to kill you'. I can't believe I said that. I've said things like that in the past but I am never going to say it again'."
Day added: "Although I am used to sledging in cricket matches, I was stunned by Doug's comment. I did not respond, nor did any of the other players.
"When I had the opportunity I approached Jason Hughes and I said words to the effect of 'Doug Bollinger just told me that he sledged them by saying he was going to kill them'.
"Jason Hughes responded by saying words to the effect of 'Tom Cooper told me the same thing'."
Day was not cross examined on his statement.
'It was a bit of a blur'
Earlier, Sean Abbott told how he held Hughes' head with his hands after the cricketer fell to the ground, and has described the days that followed as "a bit of a blur".
"I think Phillip was a bit early through the shot," he said, in his statement tendered to the inquest.
"If a batsman is early through the shot, it makes me think that the ball is slower than they had anticipated.
"I don't remember the ball being fast or slow. Maybe the wicket was a little bit slower that day. That's the type of wicket at the SCG.
"After Phillip was struck, I saw him start to sway and I ran to the other end of the pitch and I held the right side of his head with my left hand.
"I remained on the field until after Phillip was placed on the medicab and then returned to the change room.
"Once in the changeroom I felt confused and upset, I had a headache, people kept coming up to me but I cannot remember what they said. It was all a bit of a blur and I felt like I was in a bit of a daze. I felt super tired. These feelings stayed with me for the next few days."
'He fell and then I heard a groan'
Earlier, NSW captain Brad Haddin told the inquest the young player was "feeling crook" during the fatal Sheffield Shield match between NSW and South Australia.
But Haddin said he believed the match had a "good vibe".
"In terms of banter on the pitch, there was no real banter," he said in a statement that has been tendered to the inquest.
"I said hello to Phil early in the match. He did not reply. Then, two overs later, Phil said 'Hadds, I'm feeling crook today, hello.'."
"I don't recall anything specific as to sledging going on. There was definitely nothing I heard between the bowlers and Phil and Tom when they were batting."
Haddin said of the afternoon's play "generally the character of the game can change as the ball gets older...however, on this day, there was no change in the bowling."
Haddin said that Sean Abbott's delivery to Phillip "didn't seem like a faster delivery."
"I was the first one there. Phil looked okay for a couple of seconds," his statement said.
"He then fell. His eyes looked funny and I heard a groan.
"He fell face first and did not protect himself. I did not see any blood before the fall. I do not recall seeing any after the fall.
"I could appreciate the seriousness of this incident as this was different from anything else that I had seen."
Haddin said that he was aware of improvements that have been made to helmets since Phillip's death.
"I do not think there is anything that could further been done because as a player for over 20 years I have never felt unsafe. I felt safe as a player."
The inquest at Sydney's Downing Centre has heard the 25-year-old's family is concerned he was unfairly targeted by short balls before he was hit.
A NSW coroner's court spokesman on Tuesday confirmed Abbott, who has provided a written statement, would not be required.