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West Indies Cricket Board Pays Tribute To Aussie Batsman Philip Hughes

phillip-hughesBy NAN Sports Editor

News Americas, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014: The West Indies Cricket Board is among millions worldwide paying tribute late Australian batsman Philip Hughes.

Hughes, 25, died on Nov. 27th following an injury he suffered during a first-class match on Tuesday, Nov. 24th  at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia. He was struck on the top of the neck by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield game.

Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said he passed away in hospital, never regaining consciousness. Hughes, who also played for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire, was hit by a delivery from bowler Sean Abbott.

The WICB called his passing “extremely sad.”

“It was with a sense of shock and sorrow that we learned of the death of Philip Hughes and I know that these feelings are shared by all who knew him and played with or against him,” said WICB President Whycliffe “Dave” Cameronin a statement.

“There is little one can say at such a time, but we would like to express our very sincere sympathy to his family, friends and all those involved with the game in Australia. This is truly a tragic loss of a fantastic young player who promised to deliver so much for Australia and who has already done so much in proving his pedigree as a top flight batsman on the international stage.

A minute’s silence was requested to be observed prior to the start of all matches in the third round of the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament Friday. The Board also asked that all players and match officials wear a black armband during the match.

Hughes’ funeral will take place on December 3 (Wednesday) at his hometown of Macksville.