The third day of the Australia vs South Africa Test was not just another day of cricket. It also marked the death anniversary of the late Phil Hughes, who passed away on the 27th of November 2014 in a private hospital in Sydney.
As a mark of respect for the young deceased cricketer, all the Australian players were seen donning black armbands at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday, in fond remembrance of Hughes. Not just will the players from Australia National Team, but also those from South Australia, the team that Hughes last played for, also wore black armbands during their game against Victoria in the Sheffield Shield contest.
“We’ll have something planned as a team quietly, but nothing massive,” Travis Head, the South Australia skipper said on Saturday.
The left-hander, who was only five days short of the 26th birthday was fatally hit on the side of his head by a delivery by Sean Abbott on the 25th of November 2014 and was rushed to the St. Vincent Hospital in Sydney.
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The match was immediately abandoned and the other domestic games, which were played across Australia during that time were also called off.
He underwent an operation and was placed into induced coma. The physicians described Hughes’s injury as very rare and but also described type of sport-related blunt-force cerebrovascular injury – a vertebral artery dissection that led to subarachnoid hemorrhage.
On the 27th November in 2014, Hughes passed away succumbing to various injuries. The then Australian captain Michael Clarke read a eulogy on behalf of Hughes’s family. Cricket Australia also had announced that an independent review would be conducted into the cricketer’s death.
Some argue that the cricketer was not rushed to the hospital immediately, while others claim he was not well protected by the cricketing gear. But the sad fact remains that a life was cut too short, too soon.
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