RIP: Australian Cricketer, Phillip Hughes Laid To Rest (PHOTOS)

RIP: Australian Cricketer, Phillip Hughes Laid To Rest (PHOTOS)

By The Trent on December 3, 2014
Cricketer Philip Hughes

Today saw members of the cricket world come together with family and friends of Phillip Hughes to celebrate his life.

The funeral of the Australian cricketer, who died last week after being hit on the head by a cricket ball, was held in his home town of Macksville in New south Wales.

Australia’s entire national cricket team, including captain Michael Clarke, were in attendance, and thousands of fans and well wishers filled the street around the church during the ceremony.

Megan Hughes, the sister of the 25-year-old athlete paid tribute to her brother in a speech, in which she told the congregation: ‘Goodbye isn’t forever’.

Phillip was such a admired cricketer and his death shocked the sporting community in Australia to such a degree that his funeral was broadcast across the his home country.

His father Michael Alcock said of his son during the service: ‘In his short time he walked as a child of the light, not in an ostentatious way but in a natural, unassuming and passionate way.’

The coffin of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes is carried into a hall before his funeral service in his home town of Macksville, December 3, 2014. Abbott was the bowler who delivered the ball which struck Hughes during a first class cricket match on November 25. Australia bid an emotional farewell to cricketer Phillip Hughes with a live coast-to-coast broadcast allowing a nation to unite in celebration and remembrance of the life of a sportsman cut down in his prime.      REUTERS/Jason Reed    (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET OBITUARY)
The coffin of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes is carried into a hall before the service (Picture: REUTERS/Jason Reed)

Australian captain Michael Clarke said: ‘I can see how he has touched so many people around the world … so rest in peace my little brother, see you out in the middle.’

Following his death last week, several cricket clubs, players and fans of Hughes took part in the #Putoutyourbats tribute, which saw them place cricket bats outside their homes as a sigh of admiration and respect for the young player.

MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03:  The funeral procession heads down Wallace Street Macksville after the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Thousands of people lined the streets to pay their respects to the cricketer (Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

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