Written by Staff Writer
03 Dec, 2014 | 8:50 am
Cricketers and officials from around Australia began arriving into the small town of Macksville, New South Wales for the funeral of Phillip Hughes as the impact of his untimely death on the international game unfolded yesterday.
Hughes, who would have been 26 at the weekend, died last Thursday (November 27) from a catastrophic injury caused by a ball striking him in the back of the head during a domestic match, triggering a huge outpouring of grief in Australia and around the world.
James Henderson, Hughes’ manager spoke on behalf of his parents and of the support they have received since his death.
They’re very proud that their son has made such an impression on people who knew him and obviously people now who’ve come to know him in this unfortunate circumstance,” he said.”The love and the support that this community has shown to the Hughes family has always been there but it’s come through so strongly in these last seven days,” added Henderson.
Some 5,000 people are expected for the funeral at 2 pm local time (0300 GMT) on Wednesday (December 3) in the small coastal town halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, where Hughes grew up on a farm producing bananas and beef.
Local residents hung up green and gold ribbons, Australia’s sporting colours. Roads were closed and equipment moved in at the school hall where the funeral service will take place, Australian media said.
Among the mourners arriving in Macksville were members of the Australian squad, whose grief at his death caused the postponement of the first test of a four-match series against India which was scheduled to start in Brisbane on Thursday, December 4.
Cricket Australia have re-jigged the schedule the series now getting underway in Adelaide next Tuesday,December 9 but are aware that might be too soon for some players.
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