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Entire Australia mourn Phillip Hughes’ death

Devastated at the sad demise of young Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland on Thursday described the incident as a “real-life tragedy” and offered his deepest condolences to the left-handed batsman’s family. “The word tragedy gets used far too often in sport but this freak accident is now a real-life tragedy. Just shy of his 26th birthday, Phillip has been taken from us far too young,” Sutherland said.

The incident had left the New South Wales and South Australia sides traumatised and they were being offered counselling. Sutherland also offered his sympathies to the New South Wales and South Australian cricketers. “I’d like to take this opportunity to send our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s teammates at national, state and grade level as well as the wider New South Wales and South Australian cricket communities,” he said.

Prime minister Tony Abbott also paid rich tributes to Hughes. “Phillip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams. His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family. What happened has touched millions of Australians. For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration,” Abbott said.

John Warn, Cricket New South Wales chairman added: “The entire NSW cricket community offers our heartfelt condolences to Phillip’s mother and father Virginia and Greg, sister Megan and brother Jason at this most difficult of times. Their grief is being felt across the country and around the cricket world as the extended cricket family comes to terms with the sad loss of a very popular and talented young player.’
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