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Aus batsmen raise bats on reaching 63

Aus batsmen raise bats on reaching 63
In a poignant tribute to Phillip Hughes, cricketers David Warner and Steven Smith on Tuesday looked heaven-wards and raised their bats on reaching 63, score from where their deceased teammate could proceed no further after being hit by a bouncer that proved so fatal that his life was cut short at 25.

Australian cricketer Hughes’ death following a head injury sustained during a Sheffield Shield game a little more than two weeks ago, dominated headlines in the run-up to the Test series against India, prompting the organisers to reschedule the fixtures. On what expectedly proved to be an emotionally-charged opening day’s play in the first cricket Test against India here, Warner and Smith both looked towards the sky and raised their bats after reaching 63, and the crowd at Adelaide Oval stood up to give a standing ovation. Hughes was batting on 63 for South Australia when a sharp bouncer from young New South Wales pacer Sean Abbott hit him on the neck head, causing his death two days later.
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