Phillip Hughes: Australia retire batsman's number 64 shirt

Michael Clarke
Clarke gave a statement in Sydney on behalf of the Australia team

A grief-stricken Australia captain Michael Clarke said Phillip Hughes's number 64 one-day shirt would be retired following his death.

Hughes died on Thursday aged 25 two days after being hit by a ball.

Clarke said: "I asked Cricket Australia if Hughesy's one-day international number 64 could be retired, to which they agreed. That means so much."

Hughes's funeral will be on Wednesday and Australia's first Test against India will not start on Thursday.

Phillip Hughes mosaic in The Australian
The Australian newspaper features a mosaic of Phillip Hughes made up of pictures of the #putoutyourbats tribute

Pausing frequently to wipe away tears, Clarke said: "Our promise to Hughesy's family is that we will do everything we can to honour his memory.

"He epitomised what the baggy green is all about and what it means to us all.

"Our dressing room will never be the same. We loved him, and always will. Rest in peace."

Before its delayed start was announced, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said the Test match against India in Brisbane should not start on Thursday.

"I don't think it would be right," he said. "Even if the boys think they can play it would be a miracle if they find the right frame of mind needed for five days of cricket."

England pay tribute to Phillip Hughes
The England side stood for a minute's silence before their one-day international against Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan bats and caps are lined up in tribute to young Australian batsman Phillip Hughes who died
Sri Lanka's players lined up their bats and caps at the same match

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