Australia Reschedules India Cricket Tests After Hughes’s DeathPeter Vercoe
Australia has rescheduled its cricket series against India, after this week’s first Test was delayed following the death of batsman Phillip Hughes from injuries sustained when he was hit by a ball.
Hughes’s funeral will be held Dec. 3 in his hometown of Macksville in New South Wales state. The service will be held at the high school where he was educated, and broadcast live on national television.
The first five-day Test was due to start in Brisbane Dec. 4. The series will now start Dec. 9 at Adelaide Oval, Hughes’s homeground after he moved to South Australia before the start of last season. Brisbane will host the second Test starting Dec. 17. The third Test in Melbourne retains its traditional Dec. 26 start date, while the fourth and final Test in Sydney has been pushed back to Jan. 6 to give players extra recovery time.
Hughes didn’t regain consciousness after being struck Nov. 25 during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and died two days later at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
He was playing for South Australia in an interstate game against New South Wales when a delivery from fast bowler Sean Abbott, 22, struck him on the neck and split an artery that caused bleeding in his brain.
In Parliament yesterday, the start of question time was delayed as Prime Minister Tony Abbott and opposition leader Bill Shorten gave condolence speeches.
Hughes, a left-handed opening batsman, became the 408th player to receive a coveted Baggy Green cap when he was called up to the country’s Test match team in 2009. He was dismissed for zero on debut against South Africa, then in his second Test became the youngest man to score a century in each innings.
He spent the next four years in and out of the Test team, playing his last Test match for Australia against England at Lords in 2013. He played 26 Test matches in all, scoring 1,535 runs at an average of 32.65 in cricket’s five-day form, according to data on espncricinfo.com.
Hughes was in line for a recall to the national team for the first Test to replace Clarke, who is suffering a hamstring injury.