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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA 02 FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU TELE01Z01MA - V1 PHILLIP HUGHES 1988-2014 Business Daily 74 Letters 72 Classifieds 85 Opinion 42, 71 Comics 79 Sport 90 Crosswords 80 Television 81 History 78 Weather 84 Horoscopes 79 World 33 Shortage of ambos blamed for delay THE first ambulance dispatched to batsman Phillip Hughes was sent from Summer Hill 10km away in Sydneys inner west because of a lack of resources closer to the SCG, the Health Services Union claims. The Australian Paramedics Association said frustrated ambulance crews at hospitals closer to the SCG were trapped, waiting to check patients into emergency departments and could not respond. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident and it is frustrating paramedics every single day, association secretary Gary Wilson said. Ambulance control received the first call at 2.29pm, six minutes after the batsman was struck by the bouncer from paceman Sean Abbott. My understanding is that the first ambulance had to be sent from Summer Hill because ambulances at closer hospitals were held up by considerable trolley block, Mr Wilson said. In NSW, ambulance crews have to wait with patients until they can hand them over to emergency departments. By the time the ambulance service received a second call at 2.37pm, ambulances had become free and the first reached the SCG in seven minutes. The ambulance from Summer Hill turned up eight minutes later at 2.52pm, a 23 minute journey. This incident has caught the publics attention because it is a famous person, but in reality it is happening to regular people in NSW every day, Mr Wilson said. NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner held an emergency meeting with NSW Ambulance Commissioner Ray Creen yesterday, but her office refused to reveal what was said in the light of Phillip Hughes death. Health Services Union NSW secretary Gerard Hayes said the problem lay with a lack of resources. There are at least 250 staff short in the ambulance area, he said. FREAK FATALITY PAGE 7 MATTHEW BENNS SEAN Abbott felt a unique sense of grief yesterday as his friend and former teammates life ebbed away. We cannot begin to imagine how he must be feeling. But some comfort came as the NSW paceman sat with his colleagues in St Vincents Hospital. Hughes sister Megan sat down beside Abbott and offered her reassurance on behalf of the family of the man so cruelly cut down by Abbotts bouncer. While Australia mourns the loss of a favoured son, our collective heart goes out to a lad caught up in an unfathomable sadness. When he came to the hospital today Michael Clarke came down and spent a significant amount of time with Sean, and then Megan came and spent significant time with him, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said. What Sean is going through is an incredibly traumatic experience. He will have all the support he needs around him. Comforted by teammates and friends, Abbott left the hospital with tears in his eyes. Seconds after expressing his grief at the news of Hughes death on Twitter, Glenn McGrath wrote a second message: Our thoughts are also with Sean Abbott. Comfort for grief-stricken Abbott ENTIRE NATION FEELS THE PAIN THE news the nation dreaded became a tragic reality yesterday as word spread across the country that rising Test star Phillip Hughes had died in his hospital bed. Shock and disbelief gave way to tears of grief and despair. Outside St Vincents Hospital, Hughes family, friends and cricket colleagues wept and hugged. In Hughes home town of Macksville, distraught neighbours of the family gathered for a solemn vigil on the towns cricket oval, heads bowed in respect and sorrow. Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke spoke for all of us as he read out a brief statement from Hughes family. We are devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother Phillip, Clarke said. Cricket was Phillips life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him we love you. Hughes was struck on the back of the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG on Tuesday. He died yesterday afternoon, three days shy of his 26th birthday. Felled by a freak injury, he never regained consciousness. Doctors said he didnt suffer and died peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. In articulating the tragedy, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Hughes passing broke the countrys heart: Phillip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams. His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family. Premier Mike Baird ordered all flags on NSW government buildings lowered to half-mast: I am deeply saddened by the passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes. This is a heartbreaking time for all cricket and sport lovers in our state. The injury Hughes sustained is usually instantly fatal. But for 48 hours as the light flickered from one of sports brightest young stars he dug in for one mighty last knock. The SCG pitch sat silent and TAYLOR AUERBACH & LEIGH VAN DEN BROEKE A distraught Michael Clarke yesterday. Macksville residents gather at Hughes hometown pitch to pay their respects yesterday, and (below) Ricky Ponting hugs Simon Katich at St Vincents Hospital and Hughes close friend David Warner grieves with his partner Candice Falzon. Pictures: Dean Lewins, Peter Lorimer and Craig Greenhill Abbott yesterday. ANDREW CARSWELL DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 03 V1 - TELE01Z01MA PHILLIP HUGHES 1988-2014 ENTIRE NATION FEELS THE PAIN under covers as a few hundred metres away, in the intensive care unit of St Vincents Hospital, a roll call of legends gathered to be with their plucky little mate. Australian captain Michael Clarke barely left the side of the man he once skippered, supporting the Hughes family. Phillips always been like a little brother to Michael the family were obviously going through a difficult time but Im not sure they would have coped without Michaels assistance, Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said. Australia was there with Clarke as hearts and minds around the country turned to that hospital bed. And then we stopped. The nation halted in grief around 3.30pm when the confirmation came that Hughess family had switched off his life support. The long-predicted pain was piercing. Federal Parliament paused in reverent silence. Play was suspended in the Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in the UAE. Australias upcoming tour match against India was cancelled. The boy who lived for cricket stopped it with his death. In Hughess adopted home state, the legendary Adelaide Oval scoreboard almost inconceivably read: Vale Phillip Hughes 1988-2014 to empty stands. Rivers of tears were shed at St Vincents where Hughess family parents Greg and Virginia and siblings Jason and Megan were joined by the cream of Australian cricket. Radio icon Alan Jones, a mentor and friend to the Macksville youngster, entered through a private section of the hospital. Phillips old skipper Ricky Ponting arrived to be with the kid who used to take care of the new ball for him. Australian coach Darren Lehmann was there, Nathan Lyon was there, Peter Siddle, Aaron Finch, James Pattinson, Matthew Wade, Shane Watson all there. Brett Lee was there. Steve Waugh was there. Brad Haddin was there. And as they flocked to be with the wounded prince, the country stopped and simply thought for him this man who for a brief few years opened our batting, issued in our summers, kissed our Coat of Arms. We paused for Sean Abbott, the man who bowled crickets most fateful bouncer. We paused for the game itself. And all the while as Bradmans ghost took guard against Bill OReillys and Yabba yelled out from the Hill Hughes remained the not out batsman at the nearby SCG. That will never change. OPINION PAGE 71 MORE COVERAGE IN SPORT Phillip Hughes parents Greg and Virginia leave St Vincents Hospital with other family members after their sons death. SUCH PROMISE LOST Its an image that captures the stuff of childhood dreams a rising star making his baggy green debut. Todays front page photograph of Phillip Hughes, taken ahead of his first Test for Australia in February 2009, embodies the essence of his blazing promise. It also underlines the tragedy of a rare and gifted cricketer who has been lost to the game and to all of us far too soon. IAN BOTHAM A very sad day for the world of cricket. So sorry for Phillip Hughes and his family. Spare a thought for Sean Abbott. HASHIM AMLA Such sad news to wake up to. My deepest most sincere condolences to Phil Hughes family and friends. STEVE SMITH Rest in peace Hughesy. I am really going to miss you. You were 1 of the great blokes and I will never forget you. #408 will live on forever. ANTHONY MUNDINE Im totally devastated by the passing of my little mate Phil Hughes. Words arent enough. Sad sad day & great loss for mankind RIP my bra IVAN FRANJIC RIP Phil Hughes very sad news. TOM MOODY Devastating news, Phillip Hughes #RIP you will be sadly missed by us all, thoughts & prayers go out to the Hughes family. SACHIN TENDULKAR Shocked to hear about Phil. Sad day for cricket. Deepest condolences to family, friends and well wishers. RIP #PhilipHughes AB DE VILLIERS Heartbroken! A very dark day. You will be missed, Phil Hughes. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family & friends. JARRYD HAYNE #RIP champion. Pleasure to have met you and to get an insight on how much the baggy green meant to you. ECB CHAIRMAN GILES CLARKE This is sad and shocking news and the ECB joins England Cricket in extending its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family of Phillip as well as all the members of the cricketing family who regarded him as a friend or colleague. ARSENAL FC Everyone at Club would like to send their condolences to the family and friends of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes SEND YOUR TRIBUTES TO HUGHES FAMILY & FRIENDS TEARFUL TRIBUTES EDITORIAL PAGE 46 1st Test in doubt P59 We love you, mate P60 One of a kind P60 Tears for a brave battler who lived the dream for cricket hacks just like me the only way he ever responded was by working hard, by going back to the crease and scoring runs. It was as if he understood the responsibility of living the dreams of thousands of talentless Saturday hacks like me. There will be some people who wont understand why a sports star receives more of my grief more of the nations grief than anyone else. He doesnt deserve more or less. But we grieve more profoundly for people who have been part of our lives. I never met Phillip Hughes, but he was part of my life and thousands of others. And he died living my dream. That thought will never leave me. It is a sad reality. One that will makes me wonder whether cricket will ever be the same. Sister helps Abbott SEAN Abbott felt a unique sense of grief yesterday as his friend and former teammates life ebbed away. We cannot begin to imagine how he must be feeling. But some comfort came as the NSW paceman, pictured left, sat with his colleagues in St Vincents Hospital. Hughes sister Megan sat down beside Abbott and offered her reassurance on behalf of the family of the man so cruelly cut down by Abbotts bouncer. While Australia mourns the loss of a favoured son, our collective heart goes out to a lad caught up in such unfathomable sadness. Comforted by teammates and friends, including Michael Clarke, Abbott left the hospital with tears in his eyes. 110 TABFORM: P45 FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU TELE01Z01MA - V1 DARREN BERRY A little man but such a huge heart. Your impact, albeit brief, in our dressing room was enormous. We love & respect you in your words #chillbrus ANDREW BOGUT Wow wow wow. No sport is bigger than life itself. #RIPPhillipHughes PAUL GALLEN The saddest thing Ive seen in Australian sport. So much love to Phillips family friends the league community r behind u. Deepest sympathy DAMIEN FLEMING Absolutely numb. Heartfelt condolences to the Hughes family. Phillip was talented, unique, thinker, fighter. #RIPPhillipHughes PAUL COLLINGWOOD Cricket has lost a super talented cricketer but most of all a lovely, lovely man. All our thoughts with his family #PhilHughes KEVIN PIETERSEN NO NO NO NO NO! RIP, Hughsey #63notout . Sean Abbott - thinking about you too, mate! STUART BROAD Just cant believe it, heartbreaking stuff. RIP Phil Hughes. JAMES ANDERSON Cant quite believe the news. Devastating. My thoughts go out to Phil Hughes family and friends. Thoughts also with Sean Abbott. SHAUN MARSH You defined character, courage and most of all laughter, you will be missed by many my friend. RIP #PhillipHughes SEND YOUR MESSAGES OF SUPPORT TO PHIL HUGHES HEARTS OPEN FOR PHILLIP WE love you. That was the moving tribute from Australian captain Michael Clarke to his dear friend Phillip Hughes, which said it all. Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland declared that the game would wrap its collective arms around Hughess devastated family. And it did. Within minutes of Hughess tragic passing being confirmed at 3.40pm, players began to arrive at the Sydney Cricket Ground for an emotional wake and remembrance of Australias 408th Test cricketer. Clarke, David Warner, Sean Abbott, Darren Lehmann and dozens more past and present players from all over the country made the bleakest of walks into a venue that has been the home of so many cricket memories. The skies were dark, the air cold and rain began to fall. Out the front of the SCG, an electronic screen still advertised the NSW versus South Australia Sheffield Shield match that should have still been taking place inside. It was a fitting tribute to a favourite son of Australian cricket who will forever remain 63 not out. Instead of hosting men dressed in white playing the game they love, the SCG dressing rooms were filled with members of a desperate, mourning but united family. Cricket is a tight-knit game and never was that clearer than yesterday. An Indian tour match was postponed, a Test match in the UAE suspended and a round of grade cricket called off. Next weeks Test match will almost certainly go ahead, but its too early to think about that now. Clarke has shown enormous leadership and maturity in the most trying of circumstances, and for that he was specially commended by Australian team doctor Peter Brukner, another stoic figure in recent days. Phil has always been like a little brother to Michael, Brukner said. The family are obviously going through a difficult time and Im not sure they would have coped without Michaels assistance. I was just enormously impressed with the genuine care and love that he gave to the Hughes family and I think he deserves enormous credit. Mourners spent time out on the SCG turf. Long after others had ventured back to the rooms, Clarke cut a solitary figure out in the middle. Its impossible to imagine the grief. Hughess parents Virginia and Greg and siblings Megan and Jason were at the hospital when the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support was made. He had never regained consciousness since Tuesday when he suffered the freak injury confirmed by Dr Brukner as one of only a hundred-odd reported cases. Hughess debut and farewell first class matches were both held at the SCG. In between he made 26 firstclass hundreds and played 26 Tests before he had even reached his 26th birthday. That milestone was to happen on Sunday, the same day he likely would have celebrated rejoining the Test fold in Brisbane. Never has a cricket match mattered less. This is an unspeakably sad day, NSW chief executive Andrew Jones said. Hughes was being remembered for his genuine personality, deter mined work ethic and a cheeky smile. But it was impossible to do that with dry eyes. Warner, who like Clarke has barely left Hughess side these past two days, was among the first to return to the SCG after the death was confirmed. Abbott, the talented and much-loved all-rounder who struck Hughes with that fateful bouncer, walked into the SCG precinct to join his brothers. He was to be welcomed with open arms. This was no ones fault. Flags flew at half-mast. Its difficult to imagine cricket being the same ever again. Taylor PoNTING falzoN & warNerSmITh & lyoN lehmaNN & fINCh aBBoTT Pictures: Adam Taylor/Craig Grennhill BEN HORNE PHILLIP HUGHES 1988-2014 A LOVE THAT SAYS IT ALL TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY, SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS. THINK! ABOUT YOUR GAMBLING CHOICES. CALL GAMBLING HELP ONLINE 1800 858 858 OR YOUR LOCAL STATE GAMBLING HELPLINE. WWW.GAMBLINGHELPONLINE.ORG.AU. GAMBLE RESPONSIBLY. CARD ISSUED BY CUSCAL LIMITED ABN 95 087 822 455, AFSL 244116. FIND OUT MORE AT LADBROKES.COM.AU DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 CRICKET 111 V1 - TELE01Z01MA TIM LUDEMAN Couldnt fit it all in mate so here goes #408 #RIPPhillipHughes #loveyamate ERNIE ELS Sad sad day for the world of cricket. RIP Phillip Hughes. MICHAEL VAUGHAN Another huge talent was also just doing what he loved ... doing his job... and is brilliant at it.....#SeanAbbott #RIPHughes ANTHONY MUNDINE Im totally devastated by the passing of my little mate Phil Hughes. Words arent enough. Sad sad day & great loss for mankind RIP my bra. WEST END REDBACKS Today we have lost our mate Hughesy. Our deepest condolences to all his family and friends. He will be with us always. DANIEL SMITH I love you little brother. Im so sorry I couldnt help you. STEVEN FINN Devastated to hear of Phil Hughes passing. Such a sad day for everyone. Condolences to his family and friends. Champion of a man! RIP GRAEME SMITH Totally, totally sick inside and have no words. Thinking and praying for friends and family. #RIPPhilHughes CHRIS GAYLE Really sad news to hear this morning. RIP philip Hughes. Condolences to his family you will be missed. 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