Sport Cricket Kiwis lead remarkable tributes to Phillip Hughes
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Kiwis lead remarkable tributes to Phillip Hughes

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Sharjah: wickets fall in silence

A Pakistan-New Zealand Test match in Sharjah would normally be so low on the list of Australian sporting priorities as to be anonymous.

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Yet anyone wishing to comprehend the outpouring of grief following the death of Phillip Hughes would be well advised to watch the extraordinary video in this report entitled ‘wickets fall in silence’.

The New Zealand players paid tribute on their shirts. Photo: Getty
The New Zealand players paid tribute on their shirts. Photo: Getty

It is the clearest indication of the profound effect Hughes’ death has had internationally.

Having cancelled play on Thursday out of respect, the match resumed amid moving scenes in which players on both sides openly wept during a tribute to Hughes.

Skipper Brendon McCullum, who has played alongside Hughes, read out a generous statement on behalf of the NZ side, and made it clear that his amazing double century meant little.  

And every NZ player scribbled ‘PH’ just under the silver fern logo on the left breast of their shirts.

But what happened next was even more remarkable.

New Zealand proceeded to take a succession of wickets which it refused to celebrate. It was an almost ghostly performance.

What’s more, not a bouncer was bowled. “That’s just what we wanted to do to show some respect,” explained coach Mike Hesson.

Bats outside the NZ dressing room. Photo: Getty
Bats outside the NZ dressing room. Photo: Getty
... and outside the Pakistan dressing room. Photo: Getty
… and outside the Pakistan dressing room. Photo: Getty

Football puts out its bats, too

In the A-League, inter-code rivalry was put aside as tributes were paid and crowds burst into sustained applause at the 63rd minute of matches, acknowledging Hughes’ score when he was felled.

Overseas, Australian soccer stars Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak both scored, the former kissing his black armband after his goal for the New York Red Bulls.

Crystal Palace captain Jedinak and Reading FC goalkeeper Adam Federici both laid a bat on the turf before their respective games.

English Premier League clubs Manchester United and Arsenal also joined the #putoutyourbats campaign.

Newcastle applaud for Phillip Hughes at the 63 minute mark of the match against Central Coast Mariners. Photo: Getty
Newcastle fans applaud for Phillip Hughes at the 63 minute mark of the match against Central Coast Mariners. Photo: Getty
The test playing number of Phillip Hughes on the crossbar in the A-League match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC. Photo: Getty
The Test playing number of Phillip Hughes on the crossbar in the A-League match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC. Photo: Getty
Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory join in the #putoutyourbats campaign. Photo: Getty
Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory join in the #putoutyourbats campaign. Photo: Getty

Golf marks 63

In Sydney, a cricket bat was placed on the ninth tee (63rd hole) at the Australian Open where golfers, including Adam Scott, wore black ribbons on their caps.

Adam Scott's personal tribute during the Australian Open. Photo: Getty
Adam Scott’s personal tribute during the Australian Open. Photo: Getty

Rugby’s moving gesture

The Wallabies run on to the pitch beside a cricket bat and Australian mascot for the rugby Test against England at Twickenham. Photo: Getty
The Wallabies run on to the pitch beside a cricket bat and Australian mascot for the rugby Test against England at Twickenham. Photo: Getty
The Wallabies observe a minute's applause for Hughes at Twickenham. Photo: Getty
The Wallabies observe a minute’s applause for Hughes at Twickenham. Photo: Getty
In Cardiff, Wales, a cricket bat and a Welsh cap are laid out in memory of Hughes before the match against South Africa. Photo: Getty
In Cardiff, Wales, a cricket bat and a Welsh cap are laid out in memory of Hughes before the match against South Africa. Photo: Getty

Meanwhile, back home in Hughes’ home town of Macksville …

A boy rides his bicycle next to a portrait Hughes in his home town of Macksville. Photo: Getty
A boy rides his bicycle next to a portrait of Hughes in his home town of Macksville. Photo: Getty

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