Cricket Australia, Smith, Warner Remember Phil Hughes, Five Years On

Huges lost the battle of his life due to a brain haemorrhage, two days after felling by a short-pitched delivery in a domestic first-class match

Five years ago, on this day, Australia lost one of its brilliant batsmen in the form of Phil Huges. The cricketer lost the battle of his life due to a brain haemorrhage, two days after felling by a short-pitched delivery in a domestic first-class match.

Huge was just 25 when he left the world. He was wearing a helmet, but the ball struck an unprotected area just below his left ear while batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match on Nov. 25, 2014, against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Cricket Australia (CA) paid tribute to Phillip Hughes on the eve of the five-year anniversary of his death.

“There hasn't been a single day over these last five years when Phillip's loss hasn't been felt acutely by the Australian cricket family,” Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts said Tuesday.

Remembering his old ate, Steve Smith made social media post and captioned, “Miss you bro.”

 

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Miss you bro #408

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David Warner and former captain, Michael Clarke also paid tribute to Huges.

 

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#63notoutforever #wemissyoubras #408

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Everyday I think of you, but this week even more. Wish you were here buddy

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Hughes had played 25 test matches for Australia and 24 one-day internationals. He also spent several years playing county cricket in England.

Cricket Australia hopes to enforce the use of neck protectors to avoid a repeat of what happened to Hughes.

Even Smith was initially reluctant to wear the neck guard, saying it felt like he was restricted as if inside an MRI machine.

But after hitting 211 in one innings of the recent Ashes series while wearing the guard, Smith said he had changed his mind and would likely wear one in future. Cricket Australia hopes the use of the neck guard will eventually be made mandatory.