Phillip Joel Hughes laid to rest in the midst of tears with an emotional send-off.
According to details, Phil Hughes funeral service took place in Macksville, where Hughes grew up. The funeral service was broadcasted live on national television and on big screens in many cities of Australia. The 80-minute funeral service at Macksville High School, was attended by around 1,000 people while thousands watched the service on TV and screens in major of the Australian cities. Phil attended the Macksville School in his childhood. Phil’s mourning family including his parents Greg and Virginia, and his siblings, Jason and Megan, were also joined by the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Jason and Megan Hughes also read letters to their brother. Jason Hughes said, “I couldn’t have asked for a better little brother. From a very young age, you were destined to be our rock star. I miss you, I’m so proud of you and thank you again for all the memories. I’ll love you now and forever.”
Captain of the Australian cricket team Michael Clarke broke down in tears while he was paying tribute to Phil Hughes his friend and former team-mate at the batsman’s funeral. During the service, Clarke said: “Phillip’s spirit, which is now part of our game forever, will act as a custodian of the sport we all love. We must listen to it. We must cherish it. We must learn from it. We must dig in and get through to tea. And we must play on. So rest in peace my little brother. I will see you out in the middle.”
Among those who attended the funeral were Michael Clarke and Sean Abbott, former Australian cricketers Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Steve Waugh and Justin Langer and the international cricketing legends from around the world, including former New Zealand all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee and West Indies batsman Brian Lara.
Chief Executive of Cricket Australia- James Sutherland told mourners: “I imagine Phillip has already taken guard up there and is currently flaying his trademark cut shot behind point. Cricket’s heart has been pierced with pain, but it will never stop beating. Phillip Hughes…forever unconquered on 63.”
25 year-old Phil Hughes died after he got struck by a bouncer from Sean Abbott during a match in Sydney on November 25. After two days in hospital he was declared dead by the doctors on November 27. His death stunned Cricket world and Cricket Australia.