World of cricket pays tribute to Phillip Hughes

Tributes have been paid to cricketer Phillip Hughes who has died, aged 25.

The Australian died two days after being struck on the head by a bouncer while batting for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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ECB accept schedule change following Hughes death

The tragic death of Phil Hughes has shocked cricket. Credit: PA

The ECB have agreed to Cricket Australia’s request for a schedule change to the One-Day International Tri-Series in January following the tragic death of Phil Hughes.

England will now prepare for the series at the Manuka Oval in Canberra with a warm-up game against the Australian Capital Territory XI in which the full squad will participate on January 12, 2015.

They will then face the PM’s XI – also in Canberra – on January 14 before travelling to face Australia in Sydney on January 16 rather than January 18. The remainder of the England schedule remains unchanged.

A woman pays tribute to Hughes in Macksville. Credit: PA

Brian Havill, ECB’s Acting Chief Executive, said: ‘I am grateful to the England players and management for agreeing to this switch which allows Cricket Australia to re-arrange their international summer following the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.

‘ECB recognise that these are extremely difficult times for the Australian cricket community and we were determined to help Cricket Australia, if at all possible, with their scheduling issues.'

Australia Test series delayed following Hughes death

Australia and India have agreed to move the first Test to Adelaide as part of a reshuffle in the schedule following the death of batsman Phil Hughes.

The first Test was planned to take place in Brisbane on Thursday but will be move back by a week in order to allow the players more time to recover after Hughes' funeral on Wednesday.

Phil Hughes died after being struck on the head. Credit: PA

"Nobody should underestimate just what these players are going through right now," Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement on Monday.

"These are difficult days and we need to support them in dealing with their grief.

"It's very clear that playing a Test right now is just too soon and we are reacting accordingly."

Australian cricket marks Phil Hughes' 26th birthday

Australian cricketers have marked what would have been Phil Hughes' birthday with a series of tributes.

National captain Michael Clarke tweeted his birthday message, along with teammates David Warner and Steve Smith.

Cricket teams around the country also paid tribute by displaying the number 408, which was Hughes' test number

In an amazing coincidence, 26 is also the number of first-class centuries he recorded and the number of Tests he played for Australia.

He also made his test debut on February 26th.

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Phillip Hughes funeral to take place on December 3rd

Phil Hughes in action. Credit: Reuters

The funeral for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes will take place on December 3rd, his family has confirmed.

The service will be in the sports hall of Hughes' high school in the town of Macksville, New South Wales.

With a "huge turnout" expected Cricket Australia said it would also be shown on two big screens set up within the grounds of the school.

Clarke: We'll retire number 64 shirt to honour Phil Hughes

In an emotional tribute cricket Captain Michael Clarke has said Australia will retire the number 64 shirt to honour the memory of Phil Hughes.

We're going to miss that cheeky grin and that twinkle in his eye. The world lost one of its great blokes this week and we are all poorer for it.

Our promise to Hughesy's family is that we will do everything we can to honour his memory.

Last night, I asked Cricket Australia if Hughesy's one-day, Hughesy's one-day Australia international shirt number, 64, could be retired, to which they agreed.

That means so much.

– Australia Cricket Captain Michael Clarke
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