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Clarke, Aaron Finch to be pallbearers

Australia captain Michael Clarke and opening batsman Aaron Finch will be pallbearers at Phillip Hughes’ funeral to be held in Mackville on Wednesday. Clarke, Finch and South Australia’s Tom Cooper will help family and friends carry the coffin from the main hall at Macksville High School, reports Herald Sun. The 25-year-old left-handed batsman Hughes died Nov 27 after being hit by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match in Sydney on November 25.

The service will be attended by the Australian squad, Indian stand-in skipper Virat Kohli, Indian team director Ravi Shastri and former players such as Steve Waugh, Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting and former New Zealand skipper Richard Hadlee. Hughes’ father Greg,  brother Jason and locals Corey Ireland, Mitchell Lonergan and Matthew Day will be the other pallbearers. Macksville, the late batsman’s hometown, would come to a standstill at 2 pm on Wednesday as all shops and businesses close and more than 5000 from a local population of 7000 will join the Hughes family, dignitaries, Test cricketers, former players and teammates to say farewell.
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