Philip Hughes funeral: loved ones say final farewells to cricketer

Wednesday December 3, 2014

Family and colleagues of cricketer Philip Hughes, who passed away after he was struck on the back of a head by a ball during a match, bid farewell to the sportman on Wednesday at his funeral.

The ceremony, which took place at Philip’s former school in Macksville, opened with the music Forever Young and lasted around 75 minutes, concluding with Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.

The Australia team captain Michael Clarke fought back tears as he led the tributes to the young cricketer, saying he had “the heart of a man who lived his life for this wonderful game we play".

"His spirit has touched the game, and the SCG will forever be a sacred ground for me," he added.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott described the service as "sad and poignant".

The funeral was broadcast live in Australia and on video screens at the Adelaide Oval and the SCG, where 63 bats were displayed, each with an inscription of a special moment in the player’s career.

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