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60 SPORT FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 PHILLIP Hughes never did anything by the textbook. He lived life like the country boy he was, carefree, fearless and someone who lived by his own rules. That was my first impression of the man when I spoke to Hughesy during the A Series in Darwin this year, something my father taught me was the right impression. My first contact with him was three months earlier, when he helped launch the A Series at a new-look Northline Oval. Hughes had politicians and cricket officials around him that day, but he wasted no time exiting the group to talk to this scribe. It was a bit like watching him bat. Unorthodox slices through point, a big backlift to lift the ball over cover and the step away to slap the ball over mid wicket or down the ground. The youngest player to score a century in each innings of a Test match at Durban in South Africa his second Test Hughes wasted little time with the intricacies of the game. It could have stemmed from his bloodlines. The kid from Macksville in northern NSW was the son of a banana farmer and his mum was Italian, the perfect recipe for a free spirit. Hughes turned master blaster in Darwin only four months ago when he smashed his countrys first double ton in a first class 50-over match. His unbeaten 202 from 151 balls against a hapless South African attack proved the foundation stone in Australia As 148-run win over the Proteas at Marrara Cricket Ground. He hit 16 runs from the final over, including a pulled six from the last ball to reach the milestone when medium pacer Beuran Hendricks dropped one short. I had left the ground midway through his innings and had to scurry back to get a word from Hughes. Arriving at the ground after the official press conference, I was told Hughes might talk to me if I waited a few minutes. His reaction hid the elation he must have felt after one of the great one-day innings. Its a good feeling and a day Im never, ever going to forget, Hughes told me. That was the essence of Phil Hughes, a man who lived for cricket, his family and mates. It is why the Test series against India must go on, because Hughesy would have wanted it to. 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. BRETT LEE No words can describe the loss #RIP SEND YOUR MESSAGES OF SUPPORT TO PHIL HUGHES HEARTS OPEN FOR PHILLIP Taylor PoNTING falzoN & warNerSmITh & lyoN lehmaNN & fINCh aBBoTT Pictures: Adam Taylor/Craig Grennhill PHILLIP HUGHES 1988-2014 A LOVE THAT SAYS IT ALL AT ONLY $122,000 A DOUBLE CAR PARK SERVING SYDNEY AIRPORT IS LIKELY TO BE THE STRONGEST REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT YOULL EVER MAKE. EXCEPTIONAL 5.6% NET P.A. RETURN (FAR HIGHER THAN AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL RENTAL RETURNS) || WITH 3% P.A. 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