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Elton: ‘This is for you Phil, wherever you are.’

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Elton John has paid tribute to cricketer Phil Hughes by dedicating his song Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me to him at a concert in Munich.

The Rocket Man hitmaker, a huge cricket fan, spoke out on Thursday to honour Hughes and show support for bowler Sean Abbott.

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“I’m a big, huge sports fan and I love cricket, which you don’t know anything about over here,” John told his German audience as he introduced his 1974 hit.

“An Australian batsman called Phil Hughes died of injuries he received while batting in Sydney in Australia, and the man who bowled the ball is a 22-year-old called Sean Abbott, and it wasn’t his fault, it was a freak accident.

“But I wanted to dedicate this song to the memory of Phil Hughes and to the Australian team and all the cricketers in Australia who knew him, because he gave me so much pleasure.

“And to Sean Abbott, all I can say is that it’s going to take a long time for you to get over this, but you have a huge future ahead of you, so please don’t give up.

“This is for you Phil, wherever you are.”