Michael Clarke Pens Tribute To Phillip Hughes On Anniversary Of His Death

It’s safe to say that the tragic passing of Phillip Hughes – exactly one year ago today – touched the entire nation in a way that very seldom happens.

The Boy from Macksville – the son of a country – sadly died on November 27th of 2014, after being struck in the head by a rising delivery during a Sheffield Shield game at the SCG two days prior. He was only 25.
The outpouring of emotion and tribute that followed dominated an entire summer of international cricket, as the Australian side mourned the loss of their much beloved Hughesy with black arm-bands, the emblazoning of 408 (Hughes’ test cap number) on the surface of playing fields, and by pausing to commemorate whenever a batsmans’ score reached 63 not out – the score Hughes was on when the accident occurred.
Today, one year on, former Test Captain, and Hughesy’s best mate, Michael Clarke has penned a touching tribute to his fallen brother in The Daily Telegraph, ahead of the start of the 3rd test against New Zealand in Adelaide today – the first time an international test match will be conducted on a Day/Night schedule.
In it, Clarke spoke of the support and love the cricketing community still has for Hughes’ family – and about how proud he is that his daughter was born in the same month as Hughes’ birthday.

“Today all my thoughts are with the Hughes family.”

“I’m sure Greg, Virginia, Megan and Jason are all together today and I just want them to know that we’re all behind them.

If there’s anything they need from any of us in the cricket community we’re still right here to show that support and love.”

“The way cricket has stuck together and is remembering Hughesy a year on is pretty special and as an Australian public we can hold our heads high in this regard. However, we must continue to respect the wishes of the family that this is a very private time for them.”

“Twelve months on from Hughesy’s passing and my goal is to spend the whole of today with our new little girl.

I love the fact that our baby is born in the same month as Hughesy’s birthday. That’s pretty special for us but I just wish he was here to be able to meet my daughter.”

“The time has gone so fast and I think about Hughesy and miss him every day.

His love for cricket, his cattle and for life was so rich and inspiring.”

“Everybody is going to do it tough this week, especially the Hughes family, but in our own private way we can celebrate what an amazing life he had and how he lived every single day to the full.”

Coverage of the third test between Australia and New Zealand begins at 1:30pm AEDST today.
We miss you, Hughesy. Hope you’re tonking sixes wherever you are.
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