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  1. Australia batsman Phillip Hughes dies, aged 25
  2. Hughes was struck on the head by a short-pitched ball on Tuesday
  3. Batsman never regained consciousness
  4. Hughes family: "Cricket was Phillip's life"
  5. GET INVOLVED: Share your tributes to Hughes using #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Adam Williams, Joe Lynskey, Michael Emons and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Phillip Hughes

That brings our live coverage of the world's reaction to Phillip Hughes' death to a close. Sportsday will be back on Friday with more tributes to the popular 25-year-old Australia batsman.

We will finish with an image that epitomises Hughes - him celebrating a century with a cheeky smile.

Australia mourns Hughes

Australia is beginning to wake up on the day after

Phillip Hughes' death was announced. His death has left a country weeping and has "changed cricket forever" - according to former Australian batsman Michael Slater.

Read how the entire nation - including sporting icons, leading politicians and the general public -

is reacting to the tragic news.

Catch up

BBC Radio 5 live

If you missed any of BBC Radio 5 live's special tribute to Phillip Hughes from Australia, you will be able to

download the full podcast shortly.

In the English papers

The Daily Telegraph

Phillip Hughes

Friday's Daily Telegraph has an Australian baggy green cap hanging over the boundary fence on its sports supplement.

'Why does a sportsman's death hit us so hard?'

The language of sporting hype is battles and tragedies but in reality the heroes usually walk away unscathed. That's the view of BBC's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce, who asks 'Why does a death in sport hit us so hard?' in

this piece.

Adam Mountford

BBC Test Match Special

Phillip Hughes

"Terrible day for cricket, but heart warming to see how the cricket world has joined together in tribute."

Your tributes to Phillip Hughes

Via text on 81111

Paul: Watched the tribute from Cricket Australia (see 15:31) and was in tears. Still can't believe this young man with the world at his feet has passed away. I feel for his family and Sean Abbott.

In the English papers

The Guardian

The Guardian

The Guardian's sport pages lead with a striking image of Phillip Hughes waving his bat to the crowd in celebration of a century. Below that is a comment piece from their cricket correspondent, and former England bowler, Mike Selvey on the tragedy.

Bouncer will continue - Gillespie

BBC Radio 5 live

Jason Gillespie says it is not the time to discuss banning the bouncer - but does not believe it will be outlawed.

"The bouncer will continue - it is part of cricket. I can't see a rule change about bowling short balls," says the Yorkshire coach.

"With Phil only just passing away it is difficult to start talking about these type of things. I think there will be a time and place to discuss safety in cricket but at the moment it is time to pay respects and grieve."

Abbott has 'support to try to get over this'

BBC Radio 5 live

Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie says it is difficult for bowlers to deal with hurting an opposing batsman.

"I hit Colin Miller, who is a good friend, with a delivery and he needed a metal plate in his head. That was a huge battle for me to overcome at the time," he says.

"Sean Abbott has got to deal with this situation that is very confronting. But the support he will get from Cricket Australia and New South Wales will give him the best opportunity to try to get over this."

Gillespie shaken by Hughes death

BBC Radio 5 live

Former Australia fast bowler, and current Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie: "I woke up early this morning in the UK to messages from back home in Australia and I just felt overriding sadness. It was shock - I was shaking when I saw that.

"I'm feeling this on the other side of the world and my first thought was 'how is everyone dealing with this in Australia?'

"There are only six sides in Australian club cricket and it is a tight knit community. Everyone bounces around the same circles on and off the field. This is something that has rocked Australian cricket to the absolute core."

'Heartbreaking scenes at Hughes' bedside'

BBC Radio 5 live

More from The Australian cricket journalist Peter Lalor: "The scenes described to me from around his hospital bed are heartbreaking - but heart-warming too. Players were standing around Phil's bed and holding hands. Even some sworn enemies were embracing.

"His hospital room became more like a dressing room. Someone told me there were 86 players at the hospital on Wednesday night. There was a roster system so they could see him. Unfortunately not all of them got in before he died but most of them did."

Your tributes to Phillip Hughes


Luke Baker: Got out of bed turned on the TV and stood in a stunned silence for 10 mins hands on head. I still can't believe it.

'Not much hope from the moment he was hit'

BBC Radio 5 live

The Australian cricket journalist Peter Lalor was covering the match at the Sydney Cricket Ground when Phillip Hughes was hit by Sean Abbott's fatal delivery.

"This situation is too real unfortunately," he says. "When you wake up in the morning, open your eyes and think 'it happened, didn't it' - it is awful. Even though we were prepared for the news of Phil's death it was still tough to wake up to.

"It was confirmed to me on that first evening that it was unlikely he would live. There wasn't much hope for Phil from the moment after he was hit. Being there that was apparent."

Australian sport united by grief

BBC Radio 5 live

ABC's lead broadcaster Gerard Whateley: "Virtually every Australian sporting organisation has joined in the condolences, starting by giving them to Phillip Hughes' family and then to Cricket Australia.

"From youngsters making their AFL debuts, to iconic figures like track cyclist Anna Meares and 100m hurdler Sally Pearson, the terrible news has transcended Australian sport. It is the collective endeavour of Australian sport so it affects them all."

Your tributes to Phillip Hughes


Jack Harrison: If Australia were to only field 10 men in their Test match next week it would be the perfect tribute.

'The worst day in Australian sport'

BBC Radio 5 live

ABC's lead broadcaster Gerard Whateley: "This is the worst day I've known in Australia sport. That's two fold - one him being so young, a 25-year-old with his life in front of him and the second that it happened in front of us.

"We've lived through it for three days and there was a sense of dread as his team-mates and family made those processions to the hospital.

"The announcement of his death felt like a collective blow for all Australians."

Australians related to Hughes - Slater

BBC Radio 5 live

Former Australia opening batsman Michael Slater: "The whole of Australia is mourning because he was a fighter. He got dropped by Australia but came back out and scored lots of runs. Australians can relate to that - he was gritty. His death has affected a nation."

Hughes was 'wonderful human being'

BBC Radio 5 live

Former Australia opening batsman Michael Slater: "I never played with Phillip but, when I first met him, what immediately came across was how humble he was, how much he loved talking cricket and how he looked up with these starry eyes at Michael Clarke who he was with.

"He was a remarkable young man. And condolences from around the world is testament to the bloke he was. He was a wonderful human being."

We've all wept - Slater

BBC Radio 5 live

Former Australia opening batsman Michael Slater: "It is so heavy and confusing. We've all wept in the two days from when we learned of the bad knock - but I don't think anyone thought Phil Hughes would pass away. It's not what happens in cricket. Helmets are supposed to protect batsmen.

"In this instance it has changed cricket forever. I hope Sean Abbott can get through this - his life will never be the same. He's not his fault - he has to believe that."

Live now

BBC Radio 5 live

On BBC Radio 5 live now is a special programme which is broadcast live from Melbourne.

Presenter Alison Mitchell is joined by ABC's lead broadcaster Gerard Whateley and Chloe Saltau, chief cricket writer at The Age.

Guests also include former Australian batsman Michael Slater and Hughes' former Baggy Green team-mate Adam Gilchrist.

Your tributes to Philip Hughes

Via text on 81111

Mark Murfin: So terrible, deepest condolences to Phillip's family and friends, from all English cricket fans.

Wallabies thinking of Hughes

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Australia rugby union captain Michael Hooper says his team will be thinking of Phillip Hughes when they face England on Saturday.

The Wallabies will wear black armbands in the cricketer's memory at Twickenham.

"For us as a team it was a pretty sombre mood when we heard," says Hooper. "We all love our cricket, see these guys play and a lot of our guys have met the cricketers and have some good feelings towards them.

"So your thoughts and messages go back to him, his family and the cricket team back home to pull strong."

Your tributes to Phillip Hughes


Arthur Pickthorn: Got Hughes' autograph when he was at Worcs and he shook my hand and said he hoped I enjoyed the day. Still can't believe it. RIP

Hughes would have been Ashes star - Swann

BBC Radio 5 live

More from Graeme Swann: "His first class record speaks for itself - it is phenomenal. I couldn't believe he was only 25 to be honest because I knew how many 100s he had got.

"He would have undoubtedly played in three or four more Ashes. I'm sure he would have stamped his authority on one series at least and be known as an all-time great.

"It is a tragic loss for Australia and world cricket."

Hughes would have been Ashes star - Swann

BBC Radio 5 live

Former England spinner Graeme Swann believes Phillip Hughes had the ability to become an "all-time Ashes great".

"He was a great player and his record speaks volumes," said Swann, who played against Hughes in the 2009 Ashes. "At only 25, he had some incredible first class success.

"He had not really put name on an Ashes series as he would have undoubtedly done in the future.

"The English public had probably not seen the best of him but we knew in the England changing room how good he was. We didn't take him lightly and he was a player you were always glad to see the back of."

Australian newspapers

The Courier-Mail

Phillip Hughes

The Courier-Mail, a Brisbane-based daily tabloid newspaper, has a picture of Phillip Hughes' Baggy Green cap underneath his international record on its back page.

Your tributes to Phillip Hughes

Via text on 81111

Russell, Hereford: Sat in my car this morning switched the radio on and heard the news about Hughes. I could have cried. A massive cricket follower and still play at a local level. Totally numb and can't believe that's happened in cricket. RIP Phillip Hughes.

Cricket gone 'beyond respect'

Michael Vaughan

Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 live

"Yes, you want bowlers to be aggressive, that's the nature of Test match cricket. You want fast bowlers firing down bouncers intimidating batsman. That's high level sport. You want bowlers to get into a batsmen's mind.

"But over the last few years cricket has gone beyond respect. I hope this incident will send a message worldwide that you play aggressive but let's stamp out this verbal abuse."

'No place for verbal abuse'

Michael Vaughan

Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 live

"I look at the game over the last few years and we have seen incidents out in the middle, and there have been some verbal exchanges.

"We saw that in Australia during the last Ashes when it got nasty,

the Michael Clarke incident with Jimmy Anderson.

Australian captain Michael Clarke confronting England bowler James Anderson
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"If anything can be learned from this tragic event I hope it is that those kind of events don't happen, that verbal confrontation and abuse to batsmen doesn't happen."

Twickenham tribute planned

Talks are continuing between England's rugby union side and their Australian counterparts about a tribute to Phillip Hughes ahead of Saturday's Autumn Test at Twickenham.

No intention to harm batsmen - Cork

Former England bowler Dominic Cork on the effect of seeing an opponent hit by a bouncer: "As a bowler you do not go out with the intention to harm a batsman, but you do go out with intimidation - that's part of your make up.

"Personally I hit players and the most notable example was Kieron Pollard

in the 2010 Twenty20 final between Hampshire and Somerset.

kieron pollard
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"We had a bit of banter and I mentioned that I might bowl a bouncer. I did and it hit him in the eye. He was down on his haunches, I went up to him and for a minute you just go cold.

"I made sure I got his personal number to make sure his eye recovered and was OK. Sean Abbott will have a lot to consider and I hope he will be OK."

Floral tributes at the Adelaide Oval

Floral tributes at the Adelaide Oval
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Floral tributes left outside Hughes's home ground at the Adelaide Oval

Many floral tributes to Phillip Hughes have been left outside cricket grounds in Australia and across the world. The Nine News network in Adelaide have posted this picture of the bouquets at the Adelaide Oval - the home stadium of Hughes' team South Australia.

Great cricketer, great bloke - Cork

BBC Radio 5 live

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Former Hampshire captain Dominic Cork, who helped bring Phillip Hughes to the county in 2010: "We decided to fly him in having seen how well he had done at Middlesex, how talented he was, and his youth because we thought he would fit in well with our young team. It was a delight to meet him.

"I was captain so the younger players keep away from most cricket captains socially because they will be telling them not to drink too much and eat the right things!

"But he fitted in nicely because we were a young side. He was always laughing, was a practical joker and he was a really good bloke to know."

Circumstances 'hard to believe'

Jim Maxwell, Australian Broadcasting Corporatation cricket commentator

"It's hard to believe that all of a sudden, on the verge of another re-appearance for Australia, Phillip Hughes' career and his life has been taken away.

"Cricket's the national sport. We've had the prime minister and former prime minister in a very disturbed way about what's occurred. You cannot believe the circumstances, as I say, of Phillip Hughes's death and the country is certainly in mourning tonight."

Get involved

Tim, via text on 81111: I got hit by a cricket ball when I was 15, broke my eye socket, cheek bone and nose. Took two months to recover completely. Was unconscious for about six hours. I still play cricket but it is a dangerous sport. Cricket has lost a legend in the making. Thoughts going out to his family and friends.

I loved watching Hughes - Pietersen

BBC Radio 5 live

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen says he admired Phillip Hughes' style and enjoyed watching the Australia batsman play.

"He played the type of game I liked and I always watched him from afar," says Pietersen.

"You always check up on certain individuals because you like the brand of cricket they play - and he was one of those.

"We knew if we weren't on our game he would punish us. He entertained. He scored really quickly and I liked that about him."

Australia devastated - Prime Minister

Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the death of Phillip Hughes has "shocked and dismayed millions and millions of Australians".

He added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. And we also must remember Sean Abbott who will be devastated at this accident."

Bouncers 'must stay' in cricket

Michael Vaughan

Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 live

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"Should the bouncer be banned from cricket? No chance. The day someone says the bouncer has to stop is the day that anyone can play.

"That's the difference between those who don't play at a high level and those who do, those who can face the quick stuff.

"This is a freak accident and if bouncers are outlawed then it will be the end of Test match cricket. The aggressive nature of Test match cricket has to carry on."

Michael Vaughan

Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 live

"It will be a real long process for Australia to see an end and move on from this tragic event.

"It is going to be an awful time for Phillip Hughes' team-mates at South Australia, New South Wales and Cricket Australia.

"But in time the game will have to carry on. Phillip Hughes was such a fighter and he will be looking down at the other Aussie players saying 'get out there and play. Play in that aggressive manner that I played'."