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Hughes to get state memorial service at SCG

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A state memorial service will be held for cricketer Phillip Hughes, NSW Premier Mike Baird says.

“This service has been arranged in consultation with Phillip’s family, and it will be an opportunity for the entire community to pay their respects to a much-loved Australian and New South Welshman,” Mr Baird said.

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“The service will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with a date and other details to be advised in due course.”

Hughes died on Thursday afternoon after being felled by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, cricket players, fans and members of the public have continued their outpouring of grief after the 25-year-old died in Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck by a bouncer at the SCG.

At the Moore Park sporting complex, the electronic billboard out the front simply read “RIP Phillip Hughes”.

The Australian flag flew at half-mast, flowers were placed outside the Cricket NSW headquarters by well-wishers and a row of commemorative bats were resting against the members’ entrance gate.

Self-described cricket tragic Natan Rutstein said he felt “gutted” when he heard of the young player’s death as he added a bouquet to the collection.

“I’d feel hollow if I hadn’t actually gone and visited,” the Pagewood local said through tears.

“It’s just not the way it’s supposed to be.”

The row of commemorative bats is a part of the swelling #putoutyourbats campaign which involves people leaving their favourite willow outside their homes or offices.

At Cricket Australia headquarters in Melbourne, 63 bats – one for each of the runs Hughes had reached when he was hit on Tuesday – lined the office front window.

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