Cricketing world paid tribute to the former Australia batsman Phillip Hughes on the eve of the five-year anniversary of his death after he was felled by a short-pitched delivery in a domestic first-class match.
Hughes died at the age of 25 after being struck by a bouncer while batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match on November 25, 2014, against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
He was wearing a helmet, but the ball struck him at an unprotected area just below his left ear. Hughes sustained a brain hemorrhage and died two days later without regaining consciousness at a nearby hospital.
Hughes played 25 Test matches and 24 one-day internationals for Australia. He also spent several years playing county cricket in England.
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke took to Instagram to remember one of his closest friends, saying: “Everyday I think of you, but this week more than ever. Wish you were here buddy.”
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) November 26, 2019
— Australian Cricketers' Association (@ACA_Players) November 26, 2019
— Peter Siddle (@petersiddle403) November 26, 2019
— ICC (@ICC) November 27, 2019
— West End Redbacks (@WestEndRedbacks) November 26, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) November 27, 2019
— Adelaide Strikers (@StrikersBBL) November 26, 2019
Thoughts today are with Hughes family and the cricket family. An absolute beauty who remains vivid in all of our minds – he was special. #63notout
— Neroli Meadows (@Neroli_Meadows) November 26, 2019
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) November 25, 2019
Can’t believe it’s 5 years when my son and I joined the rest of the cricketing world shocked at the tragedy and put out our bats in honour & memory of Phil Hughes. A sublime talent, beloved son & brother and friend to all in the cricket family pic.twitter.com/zWtuD8BGQN
— Hon. Troy Grant (@troygrant) November 26, 2019
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) November 27, 2019
Miss you bro #408 https://t.co/2ScN53azCp
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) November 26, 2019
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) November 26, 2019
— Megan Schutt (@megan_schutt) November 27, 2019
5 years ago cricket lost Phil Hughes.
Taken too young, doing something he loved.
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) November 27, 2019