CRICKET’S saddest day is upon us. Phillip Hughes is dead.

The man Allan Border dubbed “The Little Fighter’’ never recovered from being hit in the head by a short ball at the SCG on Tuesday.
A decision was made to switch off life support systems for Hughes at St Vincent’s Hospital early this afternoon on what will forever be remembered as one the most sorrowful days in Australian cricket’s 138-year history. Australian cricket has seen drug scandals, chucking controversies and rebel circuses.

It’s lost players in world wars and had great players like Victor Trumper die young through illness. But for deep-seated shock and sadness it is doubtful whether any incident has caused more widespread grief than this heartbreaking tale of a strong-willed young cricketer playing an innings expected to see him recalled to the Test team and suddenly losing his life.

Former teammates flew in from around Australia over the last two days to pay their last respects to Hughes, who would have celebrated his 26th birthday on Sunday. The devastation of Hughes’ death is deep and widespread and stretches far beyond the boundary of cricket and even sport. It was a tragedy from all angles which permeated Australia society from cricket fields to board rooms to the point where some school teachers were giving students updates on Hughes’ health…. see more