Australia, 27 September 2014: Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland has expressed the game’s devastation at the passing of Phillip Hughes today aged 25.
“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,” Sutherland said.
“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.
“He will forever be remembered as one of the elite few to have worn the Baggy Green cap – cap 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 teammates 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 the Phillip’s teammates 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.”
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 6.00 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* 77.90 23 8 30
Twenty20 34 34 8 1110 42.69 87* 117.21 10 – 16
- Receives Baggy Green cap 408 to make his Test debut against South Africa in 2009 aged 20
- 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)
- Becomes the first Australian batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score a century on debut (112 v Sri Lanka, MCG on 11 January 2013)
- 2009 Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year
- 2013 Australian Domestic Player of the Year
Cricket Australia XI v India tour match cancelled
Cricket Australia (CA) today advises that the two-day tour match between the Cricket Australia XI and India in Adelaide has been cancelled.
The match was scheduled to be played Friday and Saturday at Adelaide Oval.
The decision has been made in consultation with the players and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), following the tragic passing of Phillip Hughes earlier today.
CA’s Executive General Manager of Team Performance Pat Howard said: “Today we were reminded that cricket is just a game and it is the characters that play the game that make it so special.
“We have spoken to the players and the ACA and have made the decision based on the best interest of all concerned.
“Several of the CA XI players have returned home to seek support and solace from their family, friends and teammates.
“We appreciate the support and cooperation shown by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), team management and the India players who have been nothing but respectful during this tragic time.”
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