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REACTION: Tributes flow for Phillip Hughes

2014-11-27 07:53
Last Updated at
27 Nov 11:58
27 Nov 11:22


Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday advised that the two-day tour match between the Cricket Australia XI and India in Adelaide has been cancelled.  

The match was scheduled to be played Friday and Saturday at Adelaide Oval.  

The decision has been made in consultation with the players and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), following the tragic passing of Phillip Hughes earlier today. 

CA’s Executive General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard said: “Today we were reminded that cricket is just a game and it is the characters that play the game that make it so special.  

“We have spoken to the players and the ACA and have made the decision based on the best interest of all concerned.  

“Several of the CA XI players have returned home to seek support and solace from their family, friends and teammates.  

“We appreciate the support and cooperation shown by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), team management and the India players who have been nothing but respectful during this tragic time.”

27 Nov 10:50


1988, November 30 - Born in Macksville, New South Wales. Hughes grew up on the family's banana farm, developed into a left-handed batsman and moved to Sydney at 16 to further his cricketing ambitions

2007, November - Makes first-class debut for New South Wales against Tasmania in Sydney a few days before his 19th birthday, scoring 51 off 199 balls as NSW win by an innings

2009, February - Makes Test debut for Australia against South Africa in Johannesburg. Lasts just four balls in his first knock against the pace of Dale Steyn, but bounces back with 75 in the second as Australia win

2009, March - Scores a century in both innings (115 and 160) in the second Test in Durban -- at 20, the youngest player to achieve the feat, breaking George Headley's 79-year-old record

2010 - Reduced to back-up Test opener after a torrid 2009 Ashes series in England, gets a rare chance against New Zealand in Wellington and hammers 86 off just 75 balls to see Australia across the winning line

2011 - Regains his place for the three-match series in Sri Lanka and in the final Test scores 126, his third century at the highest level, as Australia bat out a draw against Sri Lanka in Colombo

2013, January - Makes ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Melbourne and scores a fine 112

2014, October - Plays his only T20 International against Pakistan in Dubai, scoring six runs as Australia win

2014, November 27 - Three days before his 26th birthday, dies from injuries sustained when he was hit by a short-pitched delivery on the base of his skull at a domestic match in Sydney

27 Nov 10:01


Given the tragic news of Phillip Hughes passing this morning as a result of being hit on the head by a Sean Abbott bouncer in an Australian domestic cricket game this week, babbling on about who coach Heyneke Meyer has picked to take on Wales in the Bok’s final Test of the year seems just a trifle trivial, writes Tank Lanning.

27 Nov 09:47


Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland has expressed the game’s devastation at the passing of Phillip Hughes aged 25.

“The word tragedy gets used far too often in sport but this freak accident is now a real-life tragedy. Just shy of his 26th birthday, Phillip has been taken from us far too young,” said Sutherland.

“It’s an understatement to say that we are completely devastated. Our grief runs deep and the impact of Phillip’s loss is enormous but nothing compares to the loss felt by those closest to him.  

“Phillip was a cherished son, brother, friend and team-mate. In these darkest of hours cricket puts its collective arms around the Hughes family. To his parents Virginia and Greg and siblings Megan and Jason we offer our love and endless support.  

“As a cricketer, Phillip was an incredibly talented and dearly loved member of the Australian, South Australian and Adelaide Strikers squads and a former NSW representative. He also played county cricket in England and IPL in India. Without doubt he was a rising star whose best cricket was still ahead of him.  

“Hughesy, Huey or Hue-Dog as he was known to many of his mates was much-loved.  You only have to sift through the thousands of messages of support, prayers and well wishes for Phillip from cricketers and supporters the world over to understand the affection felt towards him."


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