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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA 04 FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU TELE01Z01MA - V1 PHILLIP HUGHES 1988-2014 November 30, 1988: Born in Macksville on the NSW north coast 1988-2005: Grows up on his parents banana farm, where he gets his cricketing start playing for the Macksville ExServices Junior Cricket Club 1997: Plays representative cricket for the north coast 1999: Plays representative cricket for NSW primary school teams 2000: Leaves Junior cricket and begins playing A-Grade at age 12 2001: Attends Macksville High School 2005: Moves from Macksville to Sydney at age 17 to play for Western Suburbs in Sydney Grade Cricket 2005: Attends Homebush Boys High School 2007: Represents Australia at the under-19s World Cup November 20, 2007: Plays his first-class debut with the Blues against Tasmania at the SCG at age 18, the states youngest debutant since Michael Clarke November 28, 2007: Makes List A debut with NSW, playing against Victoria at the MCG February 2008: Youngest player ever to score a century in a Pura Cup Final; wins NSW Rising Star Award May 2008: Awarded full state contract for NSW for 2008-09 season February 2009: Replaces Matthew Hayden on Australias tour of South Africa, making his debut at The Wanderers in Johannesburg where he scores back-to-back centuries in his second match 2009: Signed by Middlesex on short-term contract for the 2009 English cricket season March 2010: Replaces Shane Watson in first Test in Wellington, where he scores 86 from 75 balls December 2010: Joins Ashes Squad to replace Simon Katich in the Third Test at the WACA March 2011: Plays in the Sheffield Shield final where he scores 138 and 93 2012: Quits NSW to play for South Australia January 6, 2013: Announced in the Australian One Day International squad January 11, 2013: Makes a century in his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at the MCG February 4, 2013: Awarded the 2013 Domestic Cricketer of the Year Award at the Allan Border Medal July 29, 2014: Makes a double century with 202 not out from 151 balls against South Africa A in Darwin Tuesday, November 25: Struck in the head by a bouncer after scoring 63 for South Australia in Sheffield Shield match Thursday, November 27: Cricket Australia announces the 25-year-old has died from his injuries LEGENDS LIFE ON THE PITCH Along procession offriends and teammatesjoined Phillip Hughesfamily at his bedside inthe intensive care unit atSt Vincents Hospital.One after anotherthey held his hand or stroked his hair and, still barely believing he would not wake, said their goodbyes. Mid-afternoon yesterday the respirator that had kept him breathing in defiance of his broken body was turned off. He was pronounced dead soon after. Hughes had not regained consciousness after being struck by a ball two days earlier. He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends, said national team doctor Peter Brukner. Laid bare, the heartbreaking final hours of Phillip Hughes young life seem almost mundane. Yet for a worldwide cricket community paralysed by a sense of shock and grief, his death remains almost impossible to comprehend. In the most awful and public circumstances, Greg and Virginia Hughes have lost their beloved son, and siblings Jason and Megan their brother. Others have lost a wonderful friend. The Australian and South Australian teams have lost a sublimely talented teammate whose absence will leave the sheds feeling empty and, for a time, the game hollow. As we struggled to find the words to express our anguish, it was the public embrace between Australian players Brad Haddin and Aaron Finch outside the hospital, and the tears that stained the faces of other The bolt from the blue who so briefly lit the sky visitors that were most telling. Crickets often macho facade was dissolved by grief. Meanwhile, those of us distantly acquainted with Hughes the polite and ever-smiling young cricketer, fans who admired his crunching strokes from across the boundary and kids in the nets who dreamt of emulating his feats will wrestle with our emotions. Deaths one certainty is its inevitability. But it remains cruel and confronting when life is taken away so abruptly from those in their prime. Actually, the 25-year-old Hughes had not nearly reached his prime when he suffered the fatal blow. He was, as person and player, a wonderful work in progress. A glowing example of how the manner in which one responds to sports contrived challenges can define the athlete and even the man. Cavalier, gifted, gracious and fighting back. Weve lost a wonderful work in progress, writes Richard Hinds Cricketing greats Brett Lee, Michael Clarke with wife Kyly, Shane Watson with wife Lee Furlong console Hughes sister at St Vincents, Alan Jones and Australian legend Steve Waugh yesterday and children leave flowers at the SCG. Pictures: Stephen Cooper, Craig Greenhill, Damian Baker DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 05 V1 - TELE01Z01MA PHILLIP HUGHES 1988-2014 DARREN LEHMANN RIP you little champ, we are all going to miss you! Love, prayers to all the Hughes family xxxx GLENN MCGRATH Such terrible news with the passing of Phil Hughes. Our deepest sympathies to his family DAMIEN MARTYN Devastated to hear the news about Philip Hughes. A huge talent and a great Australian lost too soon. We will never forget you #CricketFamily VERNON PHILANDER My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Philip Hughes. May God be with you during this difficult time. RIP FAF DU PLESSIS No man. Shocking news that Phil Hughes has passed away. Cant believe it. Everyone close to him will be in my prayers. #cricketingfamily ROHIT SHARMA Saddest day in cricket fraternity. Rest in peace mate and Sean Abbott stay strong #PhilHughes SHAHID AFRIDI My heartfelt condolences to the family of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes on the sad demise ADAM GILCHRIST No no no no no. RIP Phillip Hughes NATHAN LYON Today we lost one of the greats! RIP Hughes #408 #willbemissed #loveyamate JACQUES KALLIS Woke up to the news of Phil Hughes passing away. RIP buddy. Thoughts and prayers to friends and family. What a sad day DAVID MILLER Very sad news to wake up to. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Phil Hughes. #RIPHughesy STEPHANIE GILMORE Sending love and strength to the Cricket world and especially to the Hughes family. Rest In Peace Phil Hughes JOSH REYNOLDS I actually cant believe what has happen makes me so sad to even think a special athlete like that goes so young rip Phillip Hughes CASEY DELLACQUA No words. RIP Phil Hughes BRENDAN FEVOLA So sad to hear the passing of Phillip Hughes. Forever 63 not out. Thoughts are with Phillips family and team mates. #RIPHughesy #tragic HEARTFELT HOMAGES The son of a banana farmer and an Italian mother from the northern NSW town of Macksville, Hughes was the kind of child prodigy who make batting look so effortless you are staggered when they fail. He played with the local firsts at 12, made a century on debut for his Sydney grade team Western Suburbs at 17 and, on the back of a welter of Sheffield Shield runs, replaced Matthew Hayden on the 2009 tour of South Africa having just turned 20. The duck Hughes made in his first Test innings would have scarred many. It seemed to light a fire in the left-hander who smashed 75, 115 and 160 in his next three innings. Astonishing performances against which he would constantly be judged often cruelly when bowlers across the world worked out his technical flaws. In England, Hughes snicked the swinging ball. On the subcontinent he was leaden-footed against spin. The pitiless characterisations of Hughes as a slasher and slogger would not have escaped him. Then came the period that should define our memories of Hughes the cricketer as much as the wonderful images of the cavalier young batsman destroying South Africa. The seasons when Hughes quest for improvement tested the endurance of nets bowlers. For this Hughes earned the abiding respect of teammates in a hard-bitten sport where worth is often measured by the numbers in the score book. Tellingly, on the 2013 Ashes tour, Hughes mixed more drinks than a Vegas barman. Yet he never betrayed the bitterness that can engulf non-playing tourists. Cruelly, as Hughes stood in the middle of the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday afternoon with 63 runs against his name, he was on the verge of conquering his challenge. A return to the Australian team seemed imminent. The harrowing scenes that unfolded in public view, the plight of the unfortunate bowler Sean Abbott and the helplessness of those at the scene compounded our sense of shock and despair. We will struggle to replace that awful memory of Hughes lying prone on the pitch with more uplifting images of his sublime talent and sunny disposition. We will wrestle with the reality that the game that elevated and enriched Hughes also took his young life. As the community tries to reconcile these conflicting thoughts, the oftquoted words of WH Auden come to mind ... Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good. Perhaps, after a respectful pause, helmets will be improved and techniques for avoiding fast balls reinforced. But it is desperately difficult to think of anything that could come to good from Hughes death, or to think of cricket in quite the same way. The game that brought the great talent and wonderful character of Phillip Hughes into our lives has taken him away. You can try to make sense of that. There is none. Hughes going into battle at the SCG, and (right) Brad Haddin and Aaron Finch united in grief. page 72 Cricketing greats Brett Lee, Michael Clarke with wife Kyly, Shane Watson with wife Lee Furlong console Hughes sister at St Vincents, Alan Jones and Australian legend Steve Waugh yesterday and children leave flowers at the SCG. Pictures: Stephen Cooper, Craig Greenhill, Damian Baker The tragedy of Phillip Hughes is that we have lost the sort of young man we would want our kids to emulate. A hardworking, polite and grounded country boy Editorial: P46