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Summary

  1. Funeral in Hughes's home town of Macksville, NSW
  2. Hughes died aged 25 after being hit on the neck by a ball on 25 November
  3. Australia captain Michael Clarke: "Rest in peace, my little brother - I'll see you out in the middle"
  4. James Sutherland, Cricket Australia CEO: "Phillip Hughes - forever unconquered on 63"
  5. Current and ex-players form guard of honour

Live Reporting

By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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And as the mourners disperse from the streets of Macksville, that's where we will close our coverage of Phillip Hughes's funeral. Many thanks for being with us.

There will be plenty more reaction and coverage to come across the BBC.

Michael Clarke reads his tribute to Phillip Hughes
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We leave you with these words from Michael Clarke's tribute, which truly encapsulated the emotion of the occasion:

"This truly must be what they call 'the spirit of cricket'. We must cherish it, we must learn from it, we must dig in and get through to tea. And we must play on. So rest in peace my little brother, I'll see you out in the middle."

Player reaction

Former Australia batsman Dean Jones

tweets a picture from the procession through Macksville:

Dean Jones picture of Macksville procession
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He adds the message: "That's how much you were loved Hugo! #macksvilletradition #RIPHughesy"

A ripple of applause breaks out among the crowds as the hearse carrying Phillip Hughes's casket makes its way through the centre of Macksville.

Shortly after, it leaves the crowds behind as it crosses the town's main bridge.

Pallbearers carry Hughes's casket
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Phillip Hughes's father, Greg, and brother, Jason, alongside Michael Clarke and Aaron Finch, lead the pallbearers carrying his casket.

Figures from across the cricketing world can be seen following the procession through Macksville. India captain Virat Kohli is accompanied by team manager Ravi Shastri, with former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath alongside them.

Phillip Hughes's casket arrives
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Sydney Cricket Ground flags at half mast
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Australia national flags fly half mast as people watch a live broadcast of Phillip Hughes's funeral at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Procession through Macksville
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A typical warm, clear Australian summer's afternoon with the sound of birds singing in the trees accompanies the procession as it starts its way through Macksville.

Current and former players follow behind Phillip Hughes's family as mourners line the streets on either side.

Sydney Cricket Ground screen
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People watch a live a broadcast of the funeral from Macksville at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Hundreds line the streets of Macksville as the procession gets ready to start through the town. Everyone, from members of the emergency services to teachers, have turned out to pay their respects.

World reaction

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

tweets: "Heart-rending funeral in Australia. Phil Hughes, we will miss you. Your game & exuberance won you fans all over! RIP."

The congregation makes its way out of the school. The sound of a television helicopter buzzing over Macksville is the only sound that pierces the afternoon silence.

Phillip Hughes casket is placed in a hearse
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Eight pallbearers carry Phillip Hughes's casket to a waiting hearse outside the school. The public will now be invited to join a public procession through Macksville.

Phillip Hughes funeral on big screen
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An image of Phillip Hughes is shown on a television screen as crowds watch his funeral service in Macksville.

Phillip Hughes's casket is led away
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Father Michael Alcock closes the ceremony: "May Phillip go forward to his place of rest."

Eight pallbearers, led by Hughes's father, Greg, gather around the casket. The music of Elton's John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" plays over the speakers as they carry him away.

More from James Sutherland: "I imagine Phillip has already taken guard up there and is currently flaying his trademark cut shot behind point.

"Cricket's heart has been pierced with pain, but it will never stop beating. Phillip Hughes... forever unconquered on 63."

A crowd watches the funeral from the school oval in Macksville
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Crowds in Macksville watch the funeral on television screens on the playing fields at the High School.

Player reaction

Former Australia bowler Damien Fleming

tweets: "Well played Pup #ForHisMate #RIPPhilipHughes"

James Sutherland: "I step forward to pay tribute to Phillip Hughes on behalf of this community and the wider cricketing community across the globe. I also pay tribute to Phillip's family. They have lost a beloved son and brother."

James Sutherland, CEO of Cricket Australia, addresses the mourners.

Player reaction

Former Australia bowler Dirk Nannes

tweets: "Very well said today @MClarke23 . You, and every one of the country's cricketers, should be proud of Phil today, tomorrow and in the future."

Father Michael Alcock leads the closing prayers. Cameras cut away to various members of the Australia side and their families in the congregation.

When asked in the video what he'd be doing if he wasn't a cricketer, Hughes replies: "I'd be on the farm with dad, with the Angus stud cattle. If I had my time again, I'd go back to be with the family."

Phillip Hughes video
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Cricket Australia's video tribute to Hughes now plays to the congregation. It features previously-unseen footage of the player on tour with the national side.

Michael Clarke blows a kiss to Phillip Hughes's casket
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Clarke hugs Phillip Hughes's father, Greg, and pauses to kiss the top of his casket as he returns to his seat in the congregation.

Clarke chokes back tears as he closes his tribute: "This truly must be what they call 'the spirit of cricket'. We must cherish it, we must learn from it, we must dig in and get through to tea. And we must play on. So rest in peace my little brother, I'll see you out in the middle."

Clarke: "The heart of a man who lived his life for this wonderful game we play. His spirit has touched the game and the SCG will forever be a sacred ground for me. His spirit has brought us closer together and it must have been something about how he lived and breathed."

Michael Clarke
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Australia captain Michael Clarke steps forward to deliver his tribute. He takes a deep breath before starting his speech.

Corey Ireland closes his tribute by saying: "I will miss your energy, eternal optimism, your cattle and our family.

"Hughesy, I make a promise to you today mate, I will keep your dream alive."

Corey Ireland explains Hughes had a dream to create his own agricultural business breeding cattle with his help.

"We were a long way to achieving that dream together," he said.

Corey Ireland continues to tell of Hughes's love of agriculture and his love for his family.

"There's no doubt he would've been an outstanding father," he said. "He was a big kid at heart, but a very mature head on young shoulders. He was in control of what he wanted to achieve."

Darren Lehmann
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Australia coach Darren Lehmann pictured arriving at the funeral earlier.

Corey Ireland: "Phillip's deal to himself was that he would add another Angus cow to the herd every time he scored a century. His herd quickly grew."

Family friend Corey Ireland is now giving his tribute, talking about the man outside of cricket.

He begins by talking about how Hughes looked after the family's Angus herd of cattle on their farm in Macksville.

More from Megan Hughes: "There won't be a day that goes by that I won't think of you.

"You have certainly changed the way I look at and appreciate life. I will certainly take every opportunity that comes by.

"Over the last few days I have learnt to say goodbye, but I have realised that goodbye doesn't mean forever. Until next time, I love you big brother."

Phillip's younger sister, Megan, is now reading from her letter.

"Phillip, I am so honoured to call myself your little sister. I know you will be smiling down on us when times get tough. I want to thank you for being the most amazing brother I could ask for."

Virat Kohli
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India captain Virat Kohli, who played alongside Hughes in the Indian Premier League, pictured arriving at the funeral earlier. His side are touring Australia.

Jason Hughes reads from his letter: "Our back-yard cricket battles were epic. You always had to win and we played on for hours.

"My arm would ache from all the bowling I did at you, but I wouldn't change a thing. You always had the good looks, you always had the hair."

Jason Hughes
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The service moves on to tributes from Jason and Megan Hughes, who are now sharing letters to their brother.

More from cousin Nino Rammuno on Phillip Hughes: "His mental strength was beyond his years. When he faced a challenge in his career, he would work harder than ever to get himself back on track.

"Phillip simply loved cricket, his family and friends. But he was simply at his happiest on the farm with his cattle. I'll miss you greatly, cuz, but I'll never forget you and the great times we shared."