Australia unites in Hughes grief

 
Frank Dalleres
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Michael Clarke struggled to contain his emotions in a moving address at Hughes’s funeral
AUSTRALIA captain Michael Clarke delivered a moving tribute to Phillip Hughes yesterday at the funeral of his Test team-mate, who died after being hit by a cricket ball during a match last week.

Clarke struggled to contain his emotions as he addressed around a thousand mourners including Australian prime minster Tony Abbott at the service in Hughes’s home town of Macksville, New South Wales.

“Phillip’s spirit, now part of our game forever, will act as a custodian of the sport we all love,” he said. “We must listen to it. We must cherish it. We must learn from it. We must dig in and get through to tea. And we must play on.”

Australia united in grief to commemorate batsman Hughes, with millions tuning in to broadcasts across the country.

Hughes, who had spells with Middlesex, Hampshire and Worcestershire, was struck on the neck during a domestic game just five days short of his 26th birthday. He died two days later.
AUSTRALIA captain Michael Clarke delivered a moving tribute to Phillip Hughes yesterday at the funeral of his Test team-mate, who died after being hit by a cricket ball during a match last week.

Clarke struggled to contain his emotions as he addressed around a thousand mourners including Australian prime minster Tony Abbott at the service in Hughes’s home town of Macksville, New South Wales.

“Phillip’s spirit, now part of our game forever, will act as a custodian of the sport we all love,” he said. “We must listen to it. We must cherish it. We must learn from it. We must dig in and get through to tea. And we must play on.”

Australia united in grief to commemorate batsman Hughes, with millions tuning in to broadcasts across the country.

Hughes, who had spells with Middlesex, Hampshire and Worcestershire, was struck on the neck during a domestic game just five days short of his 26th birthday. He died two days later.