Phillip Hughes death: latest – Telegraph.co.uk
“Not many English cricketers knew Phil Hughes better than Nick
Compton who remembers an “awesome guy” with a “great attitude
Their friendship was forged playing grade cricket together in Sydney for
Western Suburbs, and then when they shared a house in West Hampstead just
weeks after Hughes had burst on to the international scene in 2009 with two
hundreds in his second Test against South Africa in Durban.
Compton was with Hughes in South Africa the night after he smashed his
second hundred at Kingsmead to announce his arrival in international cricket
and remembers the pair “giggling like two little kids” over his
“I remember thinking that I have never felt so happy for another
person before,” said Compton. “I am so glad I shared that moment
with him. I will always remember sitting in that hotel with him. To know
someone so well and then to see them on top of the world is a great memory
to treasure. He was living his dream.” Continue
11.59 Over to the Twitter stream of Darren Lehman now, where I suspect
someone else may be hitting the retweet button on his behalf. Note the plug
for Liz Hurley bikinis.
11.53am The MCC flag at Lord’s has been lowered in respect. Hughes had
a successful stint at Lord’s for Middlesex in 2009 and is remembered fondly
by those who he befriended during that time.
The MCC flag at Lord’s flies at half mast today
MCC President David Morgan, who watched Hughes’ Test debut in South Africa,
said: “This devastating loss has shocked the cricket world, and on
behalf of MCC I offer our condolences to his family and friends.
“I well remember his first series in South Africa. Phillip was a fine
cricketer and one who we will tragically never have the chance to see
batting again here at the Home of Cricket.
“Cricket can be a dangerous sport, but for a talented young man to lose
his life playing the game he loved is beyond most people’s comprehension.
Known as he was to so many at Lord’s, this news will be hard felt.”
Hughes was an instant success during his time at Lord’s, scoring 118 in his
first innings at the Ground, against Glamorgan in the County Championship.
He played in the Ashes series in England that summer, and in total appeared in
26 Tests for his country, scoring 1,535 runs at an average of 32.65 with
Undoubtedly his finest moment in an Australia shirt came in his second Test
against South Africa at Durban, where at the age of 20 he became the
youngest player to score two centuries in the same Test.
11.02am Update from Scyld Berry in Colombo: “The England
team will head to the British High Commission as scheduled tonight where
they will be holding a minute’s silence with the Sri Lankan team. On Friday
the England players will practice and the second one-day international will
go ahead on Saturday as scheduled with the England team wearing black
England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke issued a statement,
sharing the universal sentiments of so many others.
“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,” said Clarke.
“He was an extremely popular and hugely respected cricketer in England
and Wales, not only as a successful tourist with various Australian teams
but also as a wonderfully talented county player with Hampshire, Middlesex
“He will be missed throughout the world of cricket, and today our
thoughts are with his family and all those involved in Australian cricket.”
Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga and team captain Angelo
Mathews expressed their sympathy too.
Mathews said: “We are saddened and shocked at Phil Hughes’ untimely
“We send our prayers and heartfelt condolences to the family of Phil
Hughes and his team-mates.
“Hughes was a terrific young player, and we found him to be a very
cheerful and friendly person. This is indeed a great tragedy, and we share
in the grief of his family and our Aussie team-mates.”
Ranatunga added: “It’s a very sad day for cricket.
“We share the grief of Phil Hughes’ untimely and tragic death with his
family friends and team-mates, and also with our friends in Cricket
“Being a youngster with much talent and promise, his loss will no doubt
be a blow to the world of cricket.”
10.24am The Daily Telegraph (no relation) in Australia says
farewell and retires Friday’s back page as a touching tribute to Hughes with
the words ‘Vale Phillip Hughes’
10.16am The manufacturers of the ‘Original Test’ helmet worn by Hughes
released a short statement earlier. “Masuri would like to send sincere
and heartfelt condolences to the family of Phillip Hughes over their great
loss. Everyone at Masuri is truly saddened by this event.” No news yet
on whether the company has any plans to issue a formal recall of the
Former England captain Mike Gatting, who famously had his nose shattered by a
Malcolm Marshall delivery in the West Indies in 1986, has faith that
everything possible is being done to make helmets safe.
“We’re always looking at designs of helmets and I think this particular
instance, it was just a one-off, a freak accident,” he told Sky Sports
“We’re always looking to make sure the equipment is the best it can be,
especially at the top end, where balls are coming down at 90-odd
miles-an-hour and you need to have the best equipment you can.
“Here in the UK we just relaunched the BSI (British Standards Institute)
standard in June to make sure all those standards are met and we are
continually testing the helmet.
“We know how important it is, we have saved an awful lot of very serious
injuries already so we’re always looking at it, we’re always trying to make
sure all the equipment is as good as it can be.”
9.58am Some reaction now from the counties now. Alan Richardson,
Warwickshire bowling coach, played with Hughes at Middlesex and
“It’s absolutely devastating. We got the news a couple of days ago that he had
been hit but you never expect this to happen. “You hoped and prayed
that he would be all right so take wake up this morning and here that he has
died is the saddest news.
“When you saw him being resuscitated on the side of the pitch you knew it was
serious but you don’t want to go to the dark place where you think this
might happen. You forget that he is only 25. I was lucky enough to play with
him at two clubs.
“I played Middlesex when he was a proper pup and he had just come off a couple
of very good series against South Africa. You’re not used to Aussie
cricketers being humble and quiet but he was. He fitted in really well. He
was one of the real good guys who just got on with his cricket, enjoyed it
and was a real team man.
“He was a proper country boy. We used to make fun of him. He lived in Sydney
but he was born in a farm and he regularly bought cows and bulls. He loved
his cricket but he was a country boy at heart. He had a great season with
Worcestershire but because of where the county he was it suited him down to
a tee. He was a simple country boy in the nicest possible sense.
“You have to feel sorry for the bowler. No one is ever going to blame Sean
Abbott and it’s part of the game but you never want to be part of that do
“I wasn’t exactly the quickest bowler. I sent down a couple of bouncers in my
time but you never want to injure a batsman. I wouldn’t even imagine how he
begins to get round this but he will have massive support because I’m sure
everyone understands the situation.”
Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes:
“The players, coaches and supporters of Worcestershire CCC are both
shocked and saddened to lose such a talented cricketer and tremendous friend
at such a tender age.
“Phil was popular with everyone here at New Road and our thoughts go out
to his family in this difficult time. His life has been taken away playing a
game he loved on a cricket ground he loved in his home state of NSW.
“He will long be remembered for his run making ability but in the
dressing rooms where he padded up we all will remember the quiet team man
sat in the corner with a cheeky smile who was ‘Hughsie’.
“The thing about Hughesie is you forget he was a really young bloke (23)
when he came to us as well and in some ways an inmature dressing room – in
terms of their ages – were excited by such a gifted Test cricketer coming to
“They weren’t sure how he was going to be – and when he came he was very
much a down to earth country boy who just wanted to get on and play cricket.
He went down so well with the team and everyone.
“There was no ‘I’m a Test cricketer’ about him. He was just a colleague
in the team.
“I think what he enjoyed about Worcestershire was the fact the team were
so close and the dressing room was so good and socially were altogether and
live quite close together which suited him fine.
“The place itself was not a big city which suited him, he preferred the
country life, and the overall ambience and nature of Worcestershire is what
appealed to him.
“He was very well liked because he didn’t have a bad word to say about
anyone and had a cheeky sort of personality, very happy and very smiley and
was a real popular member of the side.”
Hughes admitted his spell at New Road was key to him regaining his Test spot
for the 2013 Ashes.
Rhodes said: “We just wanted to give him a platform to try and do that
and we did. But the main work was done by Phil. We gave him an oppoortunity
to get back in there and play and he managed to do it.
“A wonderful a player but more importantly a real sort of humble and
wonderful person. He was popular with everyone. Moeen and him got on with
him really well, Coxy (Ben Cox) got on really well with him but you couldn’t
fail to get on with him.
“He was a good role model, a good professional and in many ways that easy
going country boy, farming type who sat in a corner and got on with his job
which was scoring runs. He was well liked, the lads loved him, loved his
And the Professional Cricketers Association has released a statement:
“On behalf of all its members, the PCA offers its sincere condolences to
Philip Hughes’ family, team-mates and friends, following the news of his
Mark Wallace, PCA Chairman, said: “Phil was a top cricketer. He
made many close friends, and gained great respect, during his time in County
cricket. He will be sorely missed.”
Angus Porter, PCA Chief Executive, added: “We are thinking today
of those close to Phil, and everyone in Australian cricket. We offer full
support to our colleagues at Australian Cricketers Association as they in
turn provide help and support to those who need it.”
Jonathan Liew has written a piece on Sean Abbott: “…At the
age of just 22, the fast bowler is young enough and talented enough to
remake his career on his own terms. Having made his one-day international
and Twenty20 debuts against Pakistan last month, Abbott is one of the rising
stars of Australian cricket. He was even being talked about as an outside
contender for a place in the World Cup squad early next year. Once he is
over his ordeal, perhaps that conversation can recommence…” He
9.15am Kevin Pietersen’s thoughts are with Abbott.
9.03am Former England captain Andrew Strauss, who played
alongside Hughes at Middlesex, said he hoped his former team-mate’s death
would not lead to bouncers being banned from the sport.
Strauss hailed Hughes’ talent, describing him as an “unbelievably talented”
batsman who was entering the prime of his career.
Strauss said: “What he achieved in the game by the age of 25 was
extraordinary. He was unbelievably talented and he was learning all the time
and getting to the stage where he was going to play the best cricket of his
“So it is a tragedy from a cricketing perspective, although that pales
into insignificance compared to the tragedy for his family and friends.
Strauss said safety in cricket had been drastically improved in recent years.
“I don’t think these days any cricketer goes out to bat thinking his life
is on the line. Before helmets maybe they did. It is really important we
investigate fully and see what can be done following this.
“I would hate to see a situation where bowlers can’t bowl short balls.
There has to be an element where as a batsman you have to protect yourself.
“Let’s look and see if there is anything more we can do to protect
batsmen. It appears he was hit on the neck, which is not normally a
particularly dangerous place to be hit. I’ve been hit there numerous times,
there was one occasion when I was hit there twice in one match by Brett Lee.”
9.04am Nice tweet from former Australia coach Tim Neilson.
9.01am Another former England skipper Michael Atherton says the
death of Hughes will “shake” batsmen into recognising the importance
“It’s an incredibly safe game but I think this will shake batsmen
slightly out of what might have been complacency.
“I wore the same helmet for 10 years. I never changed it. I didn’t give
it much thought really. If there is that kind of complacency that I was
guilty of, then I think people will be shaken out of that.
“I’ll be making sure my 12-year-old boy’s helmet is up to scratch and the
latest model. But fundamentally it’s a safe game with risk attached.”
8.56am Our cricket correspondent Scyld Berry has taken time to
pen a tribute to Hughes as the cricketing world comes to terms with Hughes’
“Even in a world which is currently more stocked with tragedy than
normal – as people die premature deaths all over the Middle East and West
Africa through man’s violence and nature’s sickness – the end
of the life of Phillip Hughes is still shocking.
“It is shocking because Hughes was a young man of 25. When a death is
sudden, at any age, the effect upon those who have known and loved the
person is far greater than if it had been a long time coming, and Hughes was
in the prime of life. That euphemism about “those whom the gods love die
young” offers us little by way of consolation.
“It is shocking because Hughes was a sportsman. We expect them to be
fitter and healthier than the rest of us – even if they are subjected to
dangers which we are not, and which we may fail to appreciate fully as we
watch them safe from a distance. A missile of five to six pounds aimed at
your head can be, as we are now reminded, a lethal weapon.
“And it is shocking because, above all, Hughes was a cricketer. A
young man who plays cricket, in that escapist world of green grass and blue
skies, is the last of all people we would expect to die..” Read
the rest of the piece here.
8.43am Australian PM Tony Abbott leads the tributes to Hughes.
Flags will fly at half mast on all government buildings in NSW on Friday,
Premier Mike Baird has announced.
The flags have already been lowered at Cricket NSW at the SCG.
8.20am Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney has an update:
Australian cricketers have gathered at the Sydney Cricket Ground and wandered
out one-by-one to pay tribute to Phillip Hughes on the pitch where he was
Those seen making their way to the centre of the empty ground included Michael
Clarke, the Australian captain.
Australia has been preparing to play a test against India but it is not clear
whether it will go ahead.
“The game will go on – it has to – but it is a sad loss for the game of
cricket,” former Australian captain Mark Taylor told Channel Nine. “He
[Hughes] was a good country lad. He was really the quintessential Australian
cricketer. You don’t expect this to happen and even when he got hit, you
think he will bounce back.”
Taylor expressed sympathy for Sean Abbott, who bowled the bouncer which struck
“I hope Sean Abbott can forgive himself because the cricket community doesn’t
blame him at all.”
8.19am England have cancelled a scheduled press conference with Moeen
Ali following the news.
8.12am It’s worth taking a look at Geoffrey Boycott‘s piece from
the other day.
“Most of my career I batted on uncovered pitches without a helmet.
This taught me how important it was to have a good technique and courage
against fast bowling. Why? Because you required judgment of what to leave,
when to duck and when to play the ball. But you had to be even more careful
about attempting to hook because at the back of your mind you knew that if
you made a mistake you could get seriously hurt.
“I once asked Len Hutton, a great iconic player, whether he hooked Ray
Lindwall or Keith Miller. He said he once tried it at the Oval and he got
halfway through the shot then cut it out because out of the corner of his
eye he could see the hospital. That tells you everything.
“Before the advent of helmets in Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket
in the late 1970s, if a team had a genuine fast bowler, tail-enders did not
hang around. You did not see tail-enders propping and copping. They played
shots or got out because at the back of their mind they were terrified of
“Helmets have unfortunately now taken away a lot of that fear and have
given every batsman a false sense of security. They feel safe and people
will now attempt to either pull or hook almost every short ball that is
bowled at them.” Read the rest here
7.47am “No no no no no. RIP Phillip Hughes.” – former
Australian international wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist.
“Such terrible news with the passing of Phil Hughes. Our deepest
sympathies to his family.” – former Australian international fast
bowler Glenn McGrath.
Former paceman Brett Lee, who also played alongside Hughes in the
national team, tweeted a picture of him sat alongside the batsman and said: “No
words can describe the loss Rip.”
India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh:
Dark day for cricket can’t believe Phil hughes has gone! Rip my friend ! My heart goes out to his family !shocking pic.twitter.com/PEPDREs1Wh
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) November 27, 2014
And Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene:
Just heard the worst news possible..our thoughts & prayers are with Phil, his family & friends. RIP Phil Hughes!!
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) November 27, 2014
Other players have weighed in on Twitter: “Heart broken! A very dark day.
You will be missed, Phil Hughes. My prayers and thoughts go out to his
family & friends.” – South African one-day international captain AB
“Totally, totally sick inside and have no words. Thinking and praying for
friends and family.” – Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith.
“A very sad day for the world of cricket. So sorry for Phillip Hughes and
his family. Spare a thought for Sean Abbott.” – former England
all-rounder Ian Botham.
7.25am Hughes’ death was the result of a “freakish accident”
his doctors said earlier today.
“I think in this instance, this was a freakish accident because it was an
injury to the neck that caused haemorrhage in the brain. The condition is
incredibly rare,” Cricket Australia doctor Peter Brukner told a
media conference at the hospital.
The injury, called a subarachnoid haemorrhage, occurs when an artery is
compressed and splits, forcing blood into the brain area. Only one case had
previously been reported as a result of a cricket ball, Brukner said.
Hughes took the blow on the side of the neck, and his vertebral artery, the
main artery leading to the brain was compressed, said Brukner, “causing the
artery to split and for bleeding to flow up into the brain.”
“This is frequently fatal at the time however Phillip was resuscitated at the
time and managed Dr John Orchard, the team doctor, and [nursing staff] and
we were fortunate enough to have Dr Tim Stanley an intensive care specialist
from Newcastle who was in the crowd and came add helped.”
“They all did an excellent job of keeping Phillip alive and he was able to be
transported to hospital in reasonable condition.”
“The head injury that he suffered was catastrophic,” the head of trauma at St
Vincent’s Tony Grab, has told media.
“He arrived well intubated and resuscitated very well.
“An urgent CATscan was done immediately on arrival, and it was determined
to send Hughes to surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Surgery took
approximately an hour and 20 minutes. After this we need to induce a coma to
rest a patient and rest a brain.
“However, over the first 24 to 48 hours he didn’t not make very much
improvement and unfortunately as a consequence of the injury, he died.”
Tony Grabs, the head of trauma surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital, said Hughes
was taken quickly to surgery where part of his skull was removed to relieve
pressure on his brain.
“Over a period of the first 24 to 48 hours, as we know, he did not make
very much improvement and unfortunately as a consequence of the injury he
died,” Grabs said.
Manufacturers of cricket safety equipment had earlier said Hughes’s accident
was unusual and nothing on the market now would likely have prevented it.
But they also say advances in cricket helmet technology are being stymied by a
lack of enforcement of international safety standards and the reluctance of
elite-level players who prefer the game’s traditional aesthetics to adopt
7.15am Former Prime Minister of Australia John Howard has paid tribute
to Hughes on ABC radio.
“It is just very, very sad. A terrible accident [that is] nobody’s fault. I
send my thoughts and prayers to his family and team-mates.”
Howard said he was impressed watching Hughes bat with Ashton Agar at Trent
Bridge last year. The former PM met Hughes in the dressing room after play
and said he found the batsman “modest and unassuming”.
“I thought ‘what a likeable young bloke’. It’s really upsetting. I really feel
Record stand: Hughes with Ashton Agar at Trent Bridge in July 2013
7.01am Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar shocked to hear of
Australian batsman Phillip Hughes’ death, calling it a “sad day for
“Shocked to hear about Phil. Sad day for cricket.” Tendulkar played
alongside Hughes in the Indian Premier League. Tendulkar said on Twitter of
his former Mumbai Indians team-mate.
Shocked to hear about Phil. Sad day for cricket. Deepest condolences to family, friends and well wishers. RIP #PhilipHughes
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 27, 2014
6.58am Below is a tribute from people in his home town:
“The family and friends, the local cricket comunity and the whole
Nambucca Valley community would like to pass on our deepest condolences to
the Hughes family following the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.
“We reach out to Phillip’s parents Greg and Virginia Hughes, sister Megan
and brother Jason, offering our love and support during this most difficult
time. We are all here for you.
“Macksville is a strong and close community. We are all shocked and
saddened by what has happened to Phillip.
“We are all very proud of Phillip’s achievements and will remember him
fondly as a favourite son.
“Phillip enjoyed returning home to spend time on the farm with his family
and was always the warm, unaffected country boy who was such a delight to be
– The Macksville Ex-Services Junior Cricket Club, Nambucca Valley Shire
Council and Bowraville Rugby League
6.50am Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith paid tribute to their former
Australia team-mate, whose doctors did not give details on the extent of
— Nathan Lyon (@NathLyon421) November 27, 2014
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.
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) November 27, 2014
Also Shane Warne wrote:
Warne described the news of Hughes’ death as “shocking”, “horrific
and very, very sad”.
He added on Sky Sports News: “It’s a sad situation that a great
young man who had the world at his feet is no longer with us.
“We all love the entertainment sport gives us so to see something like
this…it is something that should never happen.
“I worked closely with the Australia team in March and saw how hard he
worked. He loved the game and was very passionate.
“He was a really good man, he was one of the good guys.”
6.41am The England team has released a statement: “Our deepest
sympathies go out to Phillip Hughes’ family, friends and teammates at this
incredibly sad time.
“Phil was admired and respected by all he played with and against and
will never be forgotten by the cricket community.”
6.40am News coming in that the second day’s play in the third and final
Test between Pakistan and New Zealand has been called off..
Both the Pakistan Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket will discuss how to
proceed with the decisive Test after the news that 25-year-old Hughes died
on Thursday. Pakistan scored a strong 281-3 with opening batsman Mohammad
Hafeez set to resume on 178 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq not out on 38.
Pakistan leads the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first test by 248
runs and forcing out a draw last week.
“Today isn’t about cricket, it’s about Phil,” New Zealand coach Mike Hesson
said in a statement.
“Like the rest of the cricketing family, the Blackcaps players and management
are devastated to hear about Phil’s tragic passing. It’s an unthinkable loss
and I can tell you it’s an incredibly sombre dressing room right now.
“To those who were close to Phillip, we extend our deepest sympathies. Our
thoughts are with you during this extremely difficult time.”
6.23am Australia captain Michael Clarke together with several
members and officials from Cricket Australia spoke at a press conference
following the tragic news.
“It’s been a very difficult few days,” says Clarke.“Cricket was Phillip’s
Clarke thanked the staff at St Vincent’s hospital and at the cricket ground.
James Sutherland, CEO of Cricket Australia said it was “Phillip as a
person who we will miss most.”
“The word tragedy gets used too often in sport, but this freak accident is now
a real tragedy.”
“It’s an understatement to say we are devastated… but nothing compares to
the loss felt by those close to him.”
“He was a cherished son brother friend and teammate. In these darkest hours
cricket puts its collective arms around the hughes family.
“His best cricket was still ahead of him.”
“Phillip was incredibly talented and dearly loved.”
“Hughesey, Hughey or Hugh-dog, as he was known to his mates was much loved.”
“He will forever be remembered as one of the elite few to have worn the baggy
green cap… he as a hero to kids around the nation, particularly those in
his home town of Macksville.”
Sutherland paid tribute to Hughes’s cricketing gifts, his blistering start to
his Test career, and his record century on debut for the Australian one-day
“But it was Phillip as a person we will miss most. Humble understated, and
“When the chips were down, or he had a setback, he simply worked harder. He
will be sadly missed, and forever remembered.”
A clearly emotional Clarke then stood up and left the room.
David Warner and team-mates leave the hospital
6.20am Hughes made his debut for Australia against South Africa in Feb
2009 together with Marcus North and Ben Hilfenhaus, in Johannesburg before
Philip Hughes (centre) with fellow Australia debutants and Marcus
North (left) and Ben Hilfenhaus
6.15am Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland expressed
the game’s devastation at the death of Phillip Hughes in a statement. Here
it is in full:
“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.
“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.
We are extremely sad to announce that Phillip Hughes has passed away at the age of 25 pic.twitter.com/RjIWcqlT2v
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 27, 2014
“He will forever be remembered as one of the elite few to have worn the
Baggy Green cap – cap number 408, to be precise. He was a hero to kids
around the nation, particularly those in the region around his home town of
Macksville in New South Wales that he did so proud in his 26 Test matches –
a tally that looked certain to grow, but now sadly never will.
“The national selectors had certainly identified him as having a
long-term future in the game. It was only a few days ago when announcing the
first Test team for the forthcoming Indian series that national selector Rod
Marsh said, ‘He’s a helluva good batsman. He is a very, very good young
player who has got 26 first-class hundreds.’
“We all vividly remember his explosive entrance to Test cricket. In 2009,
in only his second Test and at the tender age of 20, Phillip blasted
back-to-back centuries against South Africa – and only last year showed his
class again when he became the first Australian batsman in the history of
ODI cricket to score a century on debut.
“But it was Phillip as a person that we will miss most. He was a classic
example of his country upbringing – humble, understated and hard working.
When the chips were down or he had a setback he simply got on with the job
and worked harder. He set a wonderful example to any young person seeking to
make their way in life.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to send our deepest sympathies to
Phillip’s team-mates at a national, state and grade level as well as the
wider New South Wales and South Australian cricket communities.
“I would also like to pay tribute to Phillip’s team-mates and opponents,
the Australian cricket’s medical staff and those at St Vincent’s Hospital in
Sydney for the care they showed him.
“And as I said earlier our hearts go out to the Hughes family right now.
“Phillip Joel Hughes played 26 Test matches for his country. He will be
sadly missed and forever remembered.”