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India hold closed training session

India hold closed training session
Hughes, 25, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Sydney where he was battling for life after being hit by a bouncer from Sean Abbott during a domestic match between South Australia and New South Wales on Tuesday. To honour the Australian batsman, the Indian team did not use the main ground at Adelaide Oval and each and every single member of the visiting contingent sported a black arm-band as a mark of respect for the departed cricketer.

South Australia Cricket Association, meanwhile, laid out his cap, jersey and bat at the centre-wicket of the ground in Hughes’ memory.

Later the association’s CEO Keith Bradshaw held a press conference in which he thanked everyone for the warm wishes received for Hughes and his family in this tough hour. “I would like to send our love and support for the Hughes family in these troubled times. There really are no words that we can use to express our feelings of hurt and sadness at the moment. We would like to thank everyone who was with us in the support and care of Phillip Hughes. Phillip was loved by us all. He was loved by everyone.” he said.

He also pointed out Hughes’ South Australia team-mates are devastated and shattered. Many of Hughes’ international team-mates were involved in that ill-fated South Australia versus New South Wales match and are grieving the loss of their teammate.

Cricket Australia, too, has given their players all the space needed. The first Test of the four-match series against India at Brisbane is scheduled to be held on December 4. In a press conference on Friday morning held in Sydney, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland pointed out that ‘the Test is a million miles away’.

However, in the afternoon, Bradshaw made it amply clear the wishes of the Hughes’ family will be considered in any decision made by Cricket Australia. “As of now, all that I have heard is that the Hughes family are keen for the first Test to go ahead. Obviously that is going to be a question for the players and we must be mindful of the players and respect their feelings too in light of this tragedy,” he said.
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