NSW players gathered at the SCG as they struggled to come to terms with Phillip Hughes' injury.
Nothing could have put the "seriousness" of Michael Clarke's hamstring strain more quickly into perspective. For by now we have all seen the footage, the stark images of what happened when a regulation bouncer hit Phillip Hughes below and behind the left ear on Tuesday afternoon, on an otherwise benign, sunny day at the SCG.
Australia's preparations for the first Test have taken a back seat to the injury that left Phillip Hughes fighting for life.
Junior cricket clubs have called for the introduction of a compulsory time out after any hit to the head, and warned parents and members of the need for young players to wear a helmet.
If one good thing is to come from something horrific, a leading helmet manufacturer hopes it is that cricketers will be persuaded to embrace a back-to-the-future design that better protects the base of their skull.
John Orchard was the man you mightn't recognise, but is the reason Phillip Hughes is still fighting for his life.
Cricket has been rocked by the shocking injury to Phillip Hughes, but at lower levels around the country, the game goes on. And so it was business as usual on Wednesday night for the East Malvern-Tooronga Cricket Club under 13s.
In Barbados in 1981, supremely obstinate English opener Geoff Boycott faced, without flinching, reputedly the fastest over ever bowled, delivered by Michael Holding, nicknamed Whispering Death. But some years later, when a journalist acquaintance told him about squaring up to bowling he could not see in a lowly village green match, Boycott was aghast.
In the MCG nets on Wednesday morning, Test fast bowler Peter Siddle told his Victorian teammate Marcus Stoinis to step aside so he could send down a bouncer. Emotions are so raw, it's easy to believe cricket might have changed forever.
One Direction's Harry Styles has tweeted well wishes to cricketer Phillip Hughes, possibly reaching more followers than all other past tweets combined.