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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 SPORT 59 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA 108 CRICKET FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU TELE01Z01MA - V2 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. HARRY STYLES RIP Phil Hughes. What an incredibly sad day. Thinking of him and his family. x ANTHONY ALBANESE So sad that Phil Hughes has died fond memories of him taking time to give batting tips to my son a lovely bloke and great cricketer GREG INGLIS Thinking about the family. Im so sad to hear this news. Another great mate taken too soon R.I. P #PhillipHughes you true champion.. RUSSELL CROWE Just heard. In shock. My deep condolences to the family of Phillip Hughes MIKE BAIRD Im deeply saddened by the passing of Phil Hughes. As a mark of respect flags on all NSW government buildings will fly at half-mast tomorrow DAVE HUGHES Phil Hughes did what he loved, very well. #RIPChampion #hadacrack #63notout DAVID WARNER RIP my little man. You will always be with me when I walk out onto the field. Not just a mate but a loved one to us all big man. Forever in my heart brother for life. Miss you buddy. CANDICE FALZON In our hearts you will stay, loved and remembered every day. May God bless you Hughesy. #RIPHughesy AFL Gillon McLachlan and the entire AFL community extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Phillip Hughes ROWING AUSTRALIA The thoughts of all at Rowing Australia are with the whole @CricketAusfamily and Phil Hughes friends and family on this sad day for sport COLLINGWOOD FC Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Phillip Hughes, and those in the cricket world. RIP SONNY BILL WILLIAMS Such sad tragic news, deepest condolences go out to the Hughes family. RIP Phillip Hughes SEND YOUR MESSAGES OF SUPPORT TO PHIL HUGHES HEARTS OPEN FOR PHILLIP PHILLIP HUGHES 1988-2014 ON the 161st delivery, tragedy struck. But for 160 balls, what was to be Phillip Hughes final innings defined him as a batsman. Sheffield Shield cricket isnt often a scene for exhilarating atmosphere, but there was something about Tuesdays start of the round. In Brisbane, Alex Doolan was facing up to the Queensland attack for Tasmania. In Melbourne, Western Australia lost three quick wickets to bring Shaun Marsh to the middle. And in Sydney, Callum Ferguson and Hughes were in partnership, meaning all four candidates for a batting call-up in the first Test were simultaneously batting at once. Those who know Hughes game well, noticed there was a steely resolve about the diminutive lefthander from the moment he walked out to start the day. Michael Clarke was ruled out of the Gabba opener against India and the return to the Test arena Hughes had coveted for the best part of 18 months beckoned. Selectors and critics had long questioned his technique, but there had never been any dispute about Hughes concentration and determination at the crease. And this came to the fore on Tuesday. Hughes was completely focused against the star-studded NSW attack. It was a knock that was all about ticker. Hughes was always so strong through the off-side and there were some vintage drives through the covers for four. As Kerry OKeeffe said in a trib ute message, there will be some very nervous cover fieldsmen in heaven. If theres a signature Hughes shot, its his cut and he pulled out one of the most exquisite examples of the stroke midway through his innings. Hughes was down on one knee and very nearly had both on the ground. He was lower than the height of the stumps when he connected with the ball. It was an absolutely cracking shot and although it went to a fielder, it showcased the power of Hughes for such a small man. There were short balls for Hughes to deal with as well. And as always he never shied away. There was an elegant flick off the pads off the bowling of spinner Nathan Lyon. The innings wasnt without its difficult moments. Hughes was stuck on 61 for what seemed like an eternity. In actual fact it was seven and a half overs. But this wasnt to suggest Hughes was getting bogged down. The 20year-old Hughes who made his slashing Test debut in South Africa wouldnt have been as patient as this. A Test berth was on the line and Hughes wanted it desperately. He was patient and finally he broke his drought with a two. It only seemed a matter of time until he reached a hundred. The 27th of his first-class career. The score he needed to get back into Test cricket. But on the 161st ball, at 63 not out, fate intervened. A one in a million shot happened and Hughes was struck by a Sean Abbott bouncer. The Cricket Australia live feed makes for eerie reading. No run, problem here, misses a pull shot and hit, urgent treatment needed. Thats how Phillip Hughes career ended. But its not how his talents as a batsman or his courage as a person will be remembered. Hughes finished on 63 not out and he will remain forever unbeaten in the eyes of his peers. Down at the MCG, Marsh, oblivious of Hughes condition powered on to a brilliant unbeaten hun A tough batsman to the very last BEN HORNE CRICKETS saddest day is upon us. Phillip Hughes is dead. The man Allan Border dubbed The Little Fighter never recovered from being hit in the head by a short ball at the SCG on Tuesday. A decision was made to switch off life support systems for Hughes at St Vincents Hospital early yesterday afternoon on what will forever be re Our saddest day as the country boy who loved the baggy green is gone ROBERT CRADDOCK & PETER BADEL membered as one the most sorrowful days in Australian crickets 138-year history, in which it has seen drug scandals, chucking controversies and rebel circuses. Its lost players in world wars and had great players like Victor Trumper die young through illness. But for deep-seated shock and sadness it is doubtful whether any incident has caused more widespread grief than this heartbreaking tale of a strong-willed young cricketer playing an innings expected to see him recalled to the Test team and suddenly losing his life. Former teammates flew in from around Australia over the last two days to pay their last respects to Hughes, who would have celebrated his 26th birthday on Sunday. The devastation at Hughes death is deep and widespread, and stretches far beyond the boundary of cricket and even sport. It was a tragedy from all angles which permeated Australia society from cricket fields to board rooms to the point where some school teachers were giving students updates on Hughes health. An impish cricketer with a warm, cheeky grin who had no enemies in the game, Hughes will forever be remembered as one of the games most likeable characters. His quirky home-made technique fashioned on the family banana farm in Macksville made him a captivating study of originality and handeye co-ordination. His footwork was DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 CRICKET 109 V2 - TELE01Z01MA CRAIG MOORE I am actually lost for words. My love goes out to the family of Phillip Hughes. Such a young champion taken too early. RIP DAVID POCOCK Thoughts with Phillip Hughes family and friends and the Australian cricket community. Devastating news. #PhilHughes JASON GILLESPIE Cant comprehend it. Shaking. Our deepest condolences to Phillip Hughes family and friends. #RIPPhillipHughes GREG BLEWETT Honoured to have spent the last few months with Hughesy. Absolute gun cricketer and even better young man. #numb #408 KUMAR SANGAKKARA RIP Phil. Your life tho too brief has touched and inspired so many. You will be sorely missed. Our prayers are for you and your family. JAMES MALONEY Tragic news with the passing of Phil Hughes, I hope everyone affected by this tragedy has the support they need around them #RIP SHANE WARNE Woken to the horrific news about Hughesy! I cannot describe the sadness I feel for the Hughes family & fellow cricket players, so so sad Just an absolute tragedy that Hughesy is no longer with us. He was such an awesome young man, RIP buddy, shattered... DALE STEYN Totally saddened by the passing of our cricket brother and friend Phil Hughes. Terrible loss! Deepest condolences 2 his family! #RIPHughes THE WALLABIES On behalf of the Rugby community our thoughts are with the family of Phil Hughes & the entire cricket community. A devastating day. #RIPPhil WESTERN BULLDOGS Our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Phil Hughes on his passing. Thoughts too with our friends in the cricket family GOLD COAST TITANS All at the Gold Coast Titans pass on our deepest condolences to the family of Phil Hughes after his tragic loss today. ST KILDA CRICKET CLUB Rest in peace Phillip Hughes, from the St Kilda CC family. A sickening day. #RIPHughesy SEND YOUR MESSAGES OF SUPPORT TO PHIL HUGHES HEARTS OPEN FOR PHILLIP PHILLIP HUGHES 1988-2014 CRICKET officials are facing an emotional, logistical and commercial dilemma over whether next weeks Gabba Test against India should be abandoned. While the early vibe from Cricket Australia is a willingness for the Test to proceed, they are yet to fully gauge the emotional fragility of Australias shellshocked players in the wake of the Phillip Hughes tragedy. There are questions over whether many of Hughes close friends in the Australian team would be mentally ready to play Test cricket so soon. Hughes teammates have been inconsolable since visiting Hughes bedside after the batsman was rushed to hospital after being hit in the head by a ball at the SCG on Tuesday. There is also the heavy emotional toll of a funeral, which could be early next week only a day or two out from the Test against India starting Thursday, to take into consideration. Last night it appeared there was no indication that CA would look to cancel the Test. Former Australian captain Allan Border believes the Test must go on, while ex-Aussie skipper Ian Chappell believes they should play in Hughes honour. As a cricketer, Phil would want the game to go on, Chappell said on Fox Sports. And I think it would be best for everyone concerned. At least while you are in the field or in the nets you have something else to concentrate on. David Warner, Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon and Shane Watson were all playing for NSW in the game against South Australia. I dont think the game will be cancelled, Border said. I think theres individuals that were out on the field and are close friends of Phillip that might not be feeling like playing cricket at the moment. However, other former Australian cricketers such as Damien Martyn and Brendon Julian dont think the Test should proceed. Former Test batsman Martyn tweeted: With the current situation it might be worth considering postponing the first Test match next week. And Julian said: I just cant see those players getting on a plane and going to Brisbane. This is an extraordinary situation. It is uncharted territory and CA heavyweights were wrestling with the issue but it was too soon and emotions were far too raw to make a definitive call. Many grief-stricken Australian players have not yet been consulted over whether they would feel right to play. There is a feeling many will want to play and win for Hughes rather than spend another week thinking about it. One particularly insensitive Indian cricket official inflamed the delicate situation when he tried to oppose talk of a cancellation. Postponed because of one player? I dont think so, the Indian spokesman said. If the Test was cancelled it would cost many millions of dollars in terms of Australian and Indian TV rights, tour contracts, corporate agreements and ticket sales. When the West Indies pulled out of their tour of India recently, India launched legal action in a bid to recoup losses estimated at $65 million. The Australian Cricketers Association has indicated there will be a discussion about whether the Test will go ahead but insists the current focus is on other things. Toughest of calls to make on first Test BEN DORRIES & BEN HORNE Our saddest day as the country boy who loved the baggy green is gone so subtle and his movement so expressive that no two shots he played ever looked quite the same. Hughes game took him all the way to the top but the true virtue of him as a man was evident more in the troughs than the peaks of his career. He was dropped three times in his Test career but there was no public moaning or bleating. He just resolved to get better. Hughes motto was be your own man. His farming father Greg instilled it in him and he lived by it to the word. His mother Virginia has Italian blood and would sell raffle tickets to fund his early cricketing trips. Be yourself is something Neil DCosta, the batting mentor who spotted him as a teenager in Macksville, also reiterated to him. True to his Macksville roots, Hughes would be at his most animated when talking about his love of cattle with his father. Amid the banana farming, they tended to their head of 10 angus cattle. My dad is like my best mate as well, Hughes said. And even as Hughes star rose, first as a teenager at NSW, and later in the baggy green, DCosta said there was never a hint of hubris. Hes handled the pressure fairly well, DCosta said in 2010. Sportspeople today, they are protected. They are guarded. They are taught to be by fellow sportspeople. But hes been true to himself. Thats the Phillip Hughes I know. Phillip Hughes. dred. It will probably see him play in the first Test against India, but Marsh felt hollow when he fronted the media after the days play. But Marsh, if given the nod by selectors, now has a chance to bat for Phillip Hughes at the Gabba. Phillip Joel Hughes Born: November 30, 1988 Macksville (NSW) Left hand opening batsman Mat Inns NO Runs Ave HS SR 50 100 Cts Tests 26 49 2 1535 32.66 160 53.55 7 3 15 ODIs 25 24 1 826 35.91 138* 75.09 4 2 5 T20Is 1 1 - 6 6 6 75.00 - - First-class 114 209 15 9023 46.51 243* 57.11 46 26 72 List A 91 89 12 3639 47.25 202* 77.9 23 8 30 Twenty20 34 34 8 1110 42.69 87* 117.21 10 - 16 l Receives Baggy Green cap 408 to make his Test debut against South Africa in 2009 aged 20 l In his second Test, becomes the youngest cricketer to score back-to-back centuries (115 and 160) in one Test (v South Africa in Durban, 2009) l Becomes the first Australian batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score a century on debut (112 v Sri Lanka, MCG on Jan 11, 2013) l 2009 Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year l 2013 Australian Domestic Player of the Year Career achievements Final innings l 63 runs (not out) from 161 balls. l Strikerate: 39.13 l Fours: Nine