By Areeb Murad
Full name: Phillip Joel Hughes
Born: 30-11-1988 Macksville
Birth place: New South Wales, Australia
Died: 27-11-2014 (aged 25)
Height: 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Nickname: Hughesy, Little Don, Hugh Dog
Batting Style: Left-Handed
Bowling Style: Right-arm off break
Role: Top order batsman, Occasional wicketkeeper
Cricket Team: Australia National Cricket Team
Phillip Joel Hughes was an Australian Test and One-Day International(ODI) cricketer who played domestic cricket for South Australia and Worcestershire. He was a left-handed opening batsman who played for two seasons with New South Wales before making his Test debut in 2009 at the age of 20. Hughes scored his first test century in his second test match for Australia at the age of 20, opening the batting and hitting 115 in the first innings against South Africa in Durban. This made Hughes Australia’s Youngest Test Centurion since Doug Walters in 1965. In the second innings of the same match, Hughes scored 160 as Australia won the match by 175 runs, becoming the youngest cricketer in history to score centuries in both innings of a Test match. On 11th January 2013, he became the first Australian batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score a century on debut, a feat which he achieved against Sri Lanka in Melbourne. In the first Test of the 2013 Ashes, Hughes shared a world record tenth wicket partnership of 163 runs with debutant Ashton Agar, as Australia were narrowly beaten by England at Trent Bridge. Hughes made his Test debut on 26th February 2009 against South Africa at Johannesburg and played his last Test against England on 18th July 2013 at Lord’s. He made his ODI debut 13th January 2013 and played his last one against Pakistan on 12th October 2014 at United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. He played his only T20 against Pakistan on 5th October 2014 at Dubai.
He was born in Macksville, a small town on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, to Greg, a banana farmer, and his Italian wife Virginia. Hughes was also a talented rugby league player who once played alongside Australian rugby league international Greg Inglis. He played his junior cricket for Macksville RSL Cricket Club, where he excelled so quickly that he was playing A-Grade at the age of 12. At the age of 17, Hughes moved from Macksville to Sydney to play for Western Suburbs District Cricket Club in Sydney Grade Cricket, while he attended Homebush Boys High. He scored 141* on his grade debut and enjoyed a solid 2006–07 season scoring 752 runs at an average of 35.81 with a highest score of 142*. He represented Australia at the Under-19s World Cup in 2007. He was coached at Triforce Sports Cricket Centre in Mortlake. During a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 25 November 2014, while batting on 63 not out, Hughes was struck in the neck by a bouncer, from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott. Hughes was wearing a helmet, but the ball struck an unprotected area just below his ear. He collapsed before receiving mouth to mouth resuscitation and was subsequently taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney where he underwent surgery and was placed into an induced coma. Hughes’ injury was a rare but described type of sport-related blunt cerebrovascular injury called a vertebral artery dissection which led to subarachnoid haemorrhage. He died two days later from his injuries, three days before his 26th birthday.
Hughes’ funeral was held on 3 December 2014 at Macksville High School. The eulogy was given by Hughes’ cousin Nino Ramunno, with speeches also given by Hughes’ siblings Jason and Megan; Michael Clarke and James Sutherland. Clarke, Aaron Finch and Tom Cooper were amongst the pallbearers. The service was attended by around one thousand people including many national and sporting dignitaries as well as the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott. Thousands of people also followed the service at venues in Macksville and around the country. A year before his death, Hughes bought a 90-hectare (220-acre) property in Macksville, with 70 Angus cattle. He was a close friend of teammates Michael Clarkeand David Warner, as well as boxer Anthony Mundine. He grew up with fellow Macksville local and current rugby league player Greg Inglis.