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Summary

  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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  1. Post update

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. '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.

  5. Post update

    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."

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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."

  9. 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."

  10. 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."

  11. '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."

  12. Your tributes to Phillip Hughes

    #bbcsportsday

    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.

  13. '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."

  14. 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."

  15. Your tributes to Phillip Hughes

    #bbcsportsday

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

  16. '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."

  17. 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."

  18. 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."

  19. 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."

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Wallabies thinking of Hughes

    Australia

    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."

  23. Your tributes to Phillip Hughes

    #bbcsportsday

    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

  24. 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."

  25. 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."

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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."

  29. '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

    "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."

  30. 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.

  31. 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

    "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."

  32. Floral tributes at the Adelaide Oval

    Floral tributes at the Adelaide Oval
    Image caption: 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.

  33. Great cricketer, great bloke - Cork

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Phillip Hughes

    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."

  34. 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."

  35. 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.

  36. 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."

  37. 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."

  38. Bouncers 'must stay' in cricket

    Michael Vaughan

    Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 live

    Vaughan

    "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."

  39. Post update

    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'."

  40. Snooker to hold minute's silence

    World Snooker ‏announces there will be a minute's silence in honour of Phillip Hughes ahead of the evening session at tonight's UK Championship. Australian Neil Robertson is among the players taking part in tonight's session.

  41. Hughes' team-mates 'in shock'

    BBC Radio 5 live

    South Australia high-performance manager Tim Neilsen: "It will take a while to get over this - it has been a long three days. It's been hard, and was hard to break the news to the playing group earlier, obviously that wasn't good and was a challenge itself.

    "It was a reaction of shock, deep down everyone hoped and prayed that Hughsie would come through.

    "The situation we're in now is not one that many had contemplated until maybe the last 12 hours."

  42. Hughes could 'have dominated Test cricket'

    Michael Vaughan

    Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 live

    "He was a cheeky chappy. I was never inside a dressing room with him but I saw him around before and after the Ashes Tests.

    "I always thought he was the kind of guy that you want in your team because he was a joy and played the right way. Because of the flamboyant way he played I always followed him to see what scores he was getting.

    "He was a remarkable run getter and I believe he would have had a period of dominance in Test cricket."

  43. Cricket is numb - Vaughan

    Michael Vaughan

    Former England captain on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's still very difficult to comprehend what's happened. He was doing his job, batting nicely at 63. There won't be a cricketer who hasn't shivered and gone numb with the thought of what's happened.

    "I've thought 'I've been hit many times' but I was lucky nothing drastic happened. It's a freak accident and it has hit home that cricket is a dangerous sport and these kind of accidents can happen."

  44. Phillip Hughes tribute

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's special tribute programme to Phillip Hughes is under way. You can listen by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab on this page in the next few minutes.

  45. Golfers to wear black ribbons at Australian Open

    Golf

    Golfers competing at the Australian Open will show their respect to Phillip Hughes during play on Friday.

    All players will wear a black ribbon in the second round at The Australian Golf Club.

    Championship director Trevor Herden said it was a sign of solidarity in the sporting community as the nation grieves the loss of one of its top professional sportsmen.

    "Not just as athletes, but as a community, the loss hit hard today and we feel it's the right thing to do to show our tournament and the players are right behind the Hughes family and the cricket community," he says.

    "It's the best way we can show our respect at this time."

  46. Phillip Hughes tribute

    BBC Radio 5 live

    After 21:00 GMT, the programme will be live in Melbourne.

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

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

  47. Phillip Hughes tribute

    BBC Radio 5 live

    In about 10 minutes time, BBC Radio 5 live have a special programme tonight in tribute to Phillip Hughes.

    Between 19:00 and 20:00 GMT, Eleanor Oldroyd will be joined by former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew and Kevin Pietersen.

    Dominic Cork, former Australia coach Tim Nielsen and ABC's Jim Maxwell will also react to the news.

  48. Ex-England spinner Swann pays tribute

    Phillip Hughes

    Australia's dressing room will take a long time to recover from Phillip Hughes' death, says former England spinner Graeme Swann.

    "Phillip's death will hit the Australia team very hard, those close to him will be devastated. So will other players who came into contact with him. I know England bowler Steven Finn was a good friend from when they played at Middlesex.

    "For his family, it is going to be world shattering. I can't believe it has happened. And the fact that he was only 25 - it's cruel."

  49. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Tim O'Brien: Phillip Hughes's death is tragic. A bouncer is bullying, threatening head injury. Would be banned in another sport.

  50. Hoggard hopes Abbott will return

    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from Matthew Hoggard: "It's going to be a tough road for Sean to come back. But Phil wouldn't hold it against him and would want him to continue his career.

    "We've lost one person through a freak accident and we don't want to see someone else's career be lost too."

  51. Hoggard hopes Abbott will return

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England bowler Matthew Hoggard on the future of Sean Abbott, who bowled the fatal delivery which struck Phillip Hughes: "He's in a horrible situation. He was widely tipped to go on and represent Australia.

    "As a fast bowler you use the bouncer to intimidate batsmen, you want to scare them. If you hit them you don't want to injure them."

  52. Australia newspapers

    Sydney Morning Herald

    Phillip Hughes

    'We Love You' is the headline on the front page of Friday's Sydney Morning Herald, accompanied by a picture of Phillip Hughes holding aloft his bat to Australian fans.

  53. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Dartlynx: So sad about Phillip Hughes....devastating. And remember poor Sean Abbott too.

    Keep sending your tributes to Phillip Hughes using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, by texting 81111, or by posting on our Facebook page.

  54. Abbott 'may never play again'

    The cricketing world is rallying around bowler Sean Abbott (pictured right) amid fears he may never play again in the wake of Phillip Hughes's death.

    Sean Abbott

    Abbott's ball struck Hughes in the neck during a domestic match in Australia and the 25-year-old died on Thursday.

    The Australia captain Michael Clarke and Hughes's sister Megan spent time comforting Abbott, 22, at St Vincent's Hospital. He has received counselling from Cricket Australia.

  55. Australia newspapers

    Herald Sun

    Herald Sun

    This is the front page on Friday's Herald Sun. The newspaper devotes its first seven pages to the story, as well as having more coverage in the sport section.

  56. Australia newspapers

    The Age

    The Age

    This is what the back page of Friday's newspaper The Age looks like. The Melbourne-based publication also features a quote from the statement read out by Australia captain Michael Clarke on behalf of Hughes's family.

  57. 'It could have been me'

    Cricket

    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    Simon Hughes bowling for Middlesex, in July 1985

    "During a 13-year playing career I bowled bouncers - hundreds of them. Hit a lot of batsmen. Top players.

    "All hit on the head. There were others too. None, fortunately, seriously injured."

    Simon Hughes reflects on the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death and how the cricket family will rally round bowler Sean Abbott.

  58. Evening newspapers

    London Evening Standard

    London Evening Standard

    The back page of tonight's London Evening Standard features a black and white picture of Phillip Hughes as well as a quote from the family statement.

  59. Special programme

    Cricket

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live have a special programme tonight in tribute to Phillip Hughes.

    Between 19:00 and 20:00 GMT, Eleanor Oldroyd will be joined by former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew and Kevin Pietersen.

    Dominic Cork, former Australia coach Tim Nielsen and ABC's Jim Maxwell will also react to the news.

    After 21:00 GMT, the programme will be live in Melbourne.

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

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

  60. 'Dropped five times but never gave up'

    Cricket

    Candace Sutton gives an insight into Hughes' family life growing up in the country to become an Australian international, and the resilience that kept him at the top. She writes for the Daily Mail and Daily Mail Australia:

    Phillip Hughes

    "Phillip Hughes was the son of banana farmer from the northern New South Wales town of Macksville who was dropped from the Australian Test team five times, but who never gave up is being remembered for his defiant attitude in the face of adversity."

    "The left-handed opener was the son of Greg Hughes, who cleared a patch on his farm for young Phil to practice cricket, and mother Virginia, who is of Italian origin.

    "Growing up with sister, Megan, and brother, Jason, as a teenager he often helped out hauling heavy bunches of bananas for the family business."

  61. World cricket's reaction

    Cricket

    A selection of tributes on Twitter from cricket players around the world:

    Former South Africa fast bowler Shaun Pollock: "Absolutely shocked to hear the news of Phil Hughes passing away. Thoughts and prays are with his family as well as Sean Abbott."

    South African cricketer AB de Villiers: "Heart broken. A very dark day. You will be missed, Phil Hughes. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family & friends."

    South African fast bowler Dale Steyn: "Totally saddened by the passing of our cricket brother and friend Phil Hughes. Terrible loss. Deepest condolences to his family."

  62. Clarke pays tribute

    Cricket

    Michael Clarke

    The news of Phillip Hughes' death broke around 04:30 GMT.

    Shortly after, Australia captain and close friend Michael Clarke read a short statement to the media on behalf of Hughes' family - at the Sydney hospital where he had been treated.

    See a short video clip here.

  63. Hughes: A nation mourns

    Cricket

    Australia has shown an outpouring grief in the wake of Phillip Hughes' death.

    "His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family.

    "What happened has touched millions of Australians," said Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

  64. 'Quiet, respectful, fearless'

    Cricket

    Kevin Pietersen has told the Daily Telegraph about the Phillip Hughes he knew.

    "He was the kind of fellow player you always liked to keep an eye on from afar.

    Phillip Hughes

    "I would always look out for his scores and hope he had made runs because he batted with a wonderful spirit and freedom.

    "He made the absolute most of his ability and wanted to entertain the supporters by playing cricket in the positive style we all love to watch."

  65. Hughes: What can cricket consider?

    Cricket

    Phillip Hughes

    Jack De Menezes in The Independent considers six law changes cricket could consider in the wake of Phillip Hughes' death.

    As well as making suggestions, the report also looks at the problems the game could face if seeking to implement change.

  66. 'Pressure he wore with humility'

    Cricket

    The Guardian has led the tributes to Phillip Hughes in today's newspapers here in the UK.

    Cricket writer Russell Jackson writes:

    Phillip Hughes

    "Phillip Hughes subverted a lot of cliches about his generation of cricketer. Hard-working and modest, his strokes didn't come from the textbook but they were endlessly-honed in the nets.

    "With no small amount of chutzpah he'd moved away from his family's Macksville farm at 16 to pursue his cricketing dream in Sydney grade cricket.

    "Phillip Joel Hughes seemed destined for greatness at a young age. It was a level of expectation and pressure that Hughes wore with humility and a path for which he prepared himself diligently."

  67. More Lord's tributes

    Cricket

    Phillip Hughes tributes at Lord's

    A Baggy Green Australia cap is left among the tributes outside the Grace Gates at Lord's earlier in memory of Phillip Hughes.

  68. Phil Hughes tributes

    Middlesex Angus Fraser tribute

    Lord's tweets this tribute: #PhilHughes A fitting tribute by @Middlesex_CCC Director of Cricket Angus Fraser

  69. Cricket pays tribute

    Cricket

    Flowers at Lord's

    Floral tributes are left outside the Grace Gate at Lord's Cricket Ground.

    Phillip Hughes represented both Australia and Middlesex on the famous ground during his career.

  70. 'Feeling normal about cricket may take years'

    Cricket

    The Daily Telegraph's chief sports writer Paul Hayward says cricket may take years to recover from Phillip Hughes' death.

    Phillip Hughes

    "If cricket was unprepared for the funeral of a 25-year-old batter who was on the verge of a recall to the Australia team - and was hailed as a boy wonder on an Ashes tour of these shores - then the process of feeling 'normal' about cricket again will take years, not months, and may never reach its end."

  71. Nick Compton reaction

    Cricket

    More from Nick Compton on his reaction to Hughes' death: "You're talking about a guy who was really loved by everyone he played with.

    "He had so many friends, the well-wishing has been phenomenal.

    "It's more of an insight into what a tremendous guy he was and as I say he had a huge impact on my own career and the way he viewed things."

  72. 'It breaks my heart'

    Cricket

    BBC Radio 5 live

    England Test opener Nick Compton has been talking about Phillip Hughes on 5 live drive in the last hour:

    "He was a very, very close friend of mine.

    "He had a huge impact on my own career at a time when I probably needed it most.

    "He was a cheeky funny positive guy, he never complained. He always came over and made the most of everything.

    "Looking back, I feel like he's made the most of his 25 years and it breaks my heart to think of a guy who I certainly thought would go down in the record books as one of the better run-scorers in Australian cricket."

  73. 5 live sport special

    Cricket

    BBC Radio 5 live

    A quick reminder that BBC Radio 5 live have a special programme tonight in tribute to Phillip Hughes.

    Between 19:00 and 20:00 GMT, Eleanor Oldroyd will be joined by former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew and Kevin Pietersen.

    Phillip Hughes

    She'll also hear from Dominic Cork, Tim Nielsen, the high performance director of Hughes's South Australia side and ABC's Jim Maxwell.

    After 21:00 GMT, the programme will be live in Melbourne as Australia wakes up.

    Alison Mitchell will be joined by ABC's lead broadcaster Gerard Whateley and Chloe Saltau, chief cricket writer at The Age as they gauge the reaction Down Under.

    They'll also speak to the former Australian batsman Michael Slater and Hughes' former Baggy Green team-mate Adam Gilchrist.

  74. Hughes 'really went after the ball'

    Cricket

    Joe Wilson

    BBC Sport correspondent

    BBC sports news and cricket correspondent Joe Wilson gives his insight into the debate surrounding whether cricket should change following today's tragic news:

    "Since the 1930s, we know aggressive bowling has always been a part of the game, but never imagining that it could lead to the death of a batsman.

    "What has changed in cricket is the level of protection batsmen wear, they've gone from a culture of avoiding the ball to a culture of going after it.

    Phillip Hughes

    "Hughes was an Australian dream, he really went after the ball and that was how he played. While helmets have heavy protection for the front of the head, what happened in this case was that Hughes turned his head and the ball struck him on the neck.

    "The fact this worst case scenario has happened, cricket can't forget that now."

  75. The country boy who became a hero

    Cricket

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Andrew Ramsey, a writer for the Australia Cricket website, tells BBC Radio 5 live how Phillip Hughes developed an unorthodox shot-style through the offside because of the structure of the garden he played in growing up:

    "It was a very unorthodox technique, but he could work so hard on eradicating the errors people held against him. He could hit the ball to places most people can't," he said.

    Phillip Hughes
    Image caption: Hughes played for Australia at the under-19 World Cup in 2008

    "He was close to his community. Every chance he got he would go back to New South Wales and help his dad out there. It's very difficult to find anyone to say anything bad about Phil Hughes. He was a consummate professional who got the job done.

    "He was a New South Wales boy who moved to South Australia for more opportunities - the game in which he was hit was against New South Wales so the opponents were also his friends who had known him for years, so there is a lot of hurt in Australian cricket."

  76. Your tributes

    Here's a selection of your tributes to Phillip Hughes in the BBC Sport Facebook page:

    Philby J Jarvis: It's hard to believe - a talent taken too soon

    Luke Holden: Talk about a freak accident! Its hard to see but cricket is actually one of the safest sports and this still happens. So sad. God knows what the bowler is going through now.

    Ameet Pandit: A sad day for cricket. RIP Phil Hughes. Sean Abbot - stay strong.

  77. Lever on Abbott's trauma

    Cricket

    Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, former bowler and England bowling coach Peter Lever shared his memories of a Test match in 1975, when he bowled a bouncer that hit batsman Ewen Chatfield, who fell to the ground swallowing his tongue.

    Chatfield eventually made a full recovery.

    Peter Lever

    "My accuracy came unstuck a bit and the ball got too close to him. There was a nick on the bat, it hit him on the temple and down he went," Lever said.

    "It's a very difficult thing to handle. Sean Abbott certainly won't be sleeping for the next few weeks, that's for sure.

    "I honestly do not know how they can help a young fellow who has simply bowled a delivery at cricket.

    "Sean will have to deal with it, I'm sure he's got many friends to help him, but he has got to come to terms with what has happened."

  78. 'The uncomplicated natural'

    Cricket

    Jim Maxwell, the Australian cricket broadcaster, says Hughes was "natural, phlegmatic, laconic, affable and easily engaged."

    The ABC commentator wrote his tribute and insight into the 25-year-old's upbringing and development into a Test international for the BBC Sport website here.

    Australian broadcaster Jim Maxwell
  79. Video tribute from Cricket Australia

    Cricket

    Cricket Australia have released this video tribute to the life and career of Phillip Hughes, which includes never-before-seen footage of his early involvement in cricket growing up in New South Wales and his life on the road with the Australia team.

    Video tribute to Phillip Hughes
  80. Kevin Pietersen reaction

    Cricket

    More from Kevin Pietersen on BBC World News when asked how cricket could improve safety in the future: "Can we answer those questions from tomorrow onwards?

    "I don't think today's the day for that conversation.

    "I just want to pay my respects to his friends and family and I think that debate can start in the days to come."

  81. Kevin Pietersen tribute

    Cricket

    More from Kevin Pietersen on BBC World News:

    "What a guy Hughesy was, I remember watching his centuries against South Africa [see 11:54]. He started his career with an absolute bang.

    "When you are a Test player in Australia the public will demand performances and it obviously affected him. But according to his colleagues he was really blossoming."

  82. Pietersen: 'He was developing into a magnificent player'

    Cricket

    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen tells BBC World News that today should be about expressing memories of Phillip Hughes and sympathy for his family, rather than looking into how cricket can improve.

    "You practice and you train hard and try and get out the way, but today is not the day to be talking about how to deal with fast bowling," he said.

    "He was developing into a magnificent cricketer, I remember watching his 100 against Sri Lanka, his first one day century.

    "He was the kind to entertain, and if he batted for a session or two you were in trouble because he scored very quickly - I loved that about him."

    Pietersen is run out for 0 at the Ageas Bowl
    Image caption: Phillip Hughes ran Pietersen out for 0 in the 2013 ODI between the England and Australia in Southampton
  83. World reaction

    Actor and cricket fan Hugh Jackman tweets: To Philip Hughes family, my deepest condolences. To all the players, especially Sean, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Tragic day.

  84. 'He was a run thief'

    Cricket

    Worcestershire's director of cricket Steve Rhodes told Sky Sports News about how he flew out to Australia to sign Hughes to the county in 2012, and his sadness today:

    Steve Rhodes

    "It has been terrible for everybody here," he said. "He was only a young bloke and got on so well with our youngsters. It is very sad in the dressing room and in this county today.

    "It was easy bringing him in. When he was in good nick he was a run-thief, he scored runs match after match after match. I was delighted, I went out to Aus to see him and I was so happy to come back knowing he was going to be one of our players.

    "He loved life and he was a fun guy. It was only last week he text me the words of our Worcestershire team victory song. That's typical Hughesy, full of it."

  85. Gillespie: 'Rocked the sport to the core'

    Cricket

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Australia bowler Jason Gillespie has expressed his sympathy for bowler Sean Abbott, who bowled the delivery which struck Hughes the fatal blow. He told BBC Radio 5 live:

    "We're all feeling for Sean Abbott, who was just out there doing his job. They were very good mates and he was the first one there when Phillip fell down.

    "He's 22 years old and he's got the cricket world in front of him. The one thing he will have in place is absolute support from the cricket community

    Jason Gillespie

    "The outpour of emotion from across the world speaks volumes for Phillip. He's just a lovely young man, knockabout kid, very positive and glass was always half-full.

    "He was just that sort of character, a fun-loving guy and very popular with his team mates and opposition. This has rocked the sport of cricket to the very core."

  86. World cricket pays tribute

    Cricket

    Cricket journalist Mazher Arshad tweets: At the end of First Class match between NBP and UBL at Islamabad, the players paid homage to Phillip Hughes.

    Mazher Arshad's post on Twitter
  87. Tributes tonight on 5 live

    Cricket

    BBC Radio 5 live

    A reminder that BBC Radio 5 live will broadcast a series of programmes in tribute to Phillip Hughes this evening.

    At 19:00 GMT Eleanor Oldroyd and Michael Vaughan present all the news and reaction following the tragic news which broke this morning.

    At 21:00 GMT Alison Mitchell presents live from Australia as the country comes to terms with the death of one of its most promising sporting talents. She will be joined by players and cricket journalists.

  88. Wallabies to honour Hughes

    Cricket

    The Australian rugby team will wear black armbands for Saturday's autumn international against England as a mark of respect for Phillip Hughes.

    Captain Michael Hooper said the Wallabies will be "thinking of Phil and his family" as they take to the field for the Twickenham Test.

    He added: "A lot of guys know a few of the cricket boys and they are great. To see one of their guys go down is horrible, and doing what he loved, is tough to take."

    Wallabies
  89. Gatting: 'Talented, well-liked and humble'

    Cricket

    Former England captain Mike Gatting has added his tribute to Phillip Hughes today. He told BBC Sport:

    Mike Gatting

    "It's tragic. I was shocked and I was hoping the phone call I received this morning would say he was pulling through. It's a very sad day for cricket and our thoughts are with his family.

    "It's a cricketing family and you see that from the reaction of players today, sending tweets, sending thoughts and sorrow.

    "Phil was very respected. He played at Middlesex, Hampshire and Worcester - and the same thing comes back, that he was a very talented, well-liked, humble cricketer. A man who wanted to play as often as he could for Australia and he worked very hard to get to that stage.

    "It's sad we've lose someone of Phillip's ability today, but the equipment we have today has saved countless people from injuries."

  90. Abbott 'may never play again'

    Sean Abbott - the bowler who delivered the ball which hit Phillip Hughes high in the neck - may never play cricket again.

    Those were the words of ex-England bowler David Lawrence, speaking earlier to BBC Radio 5 live.

    Lawrence, who hit the West Indies' Phil Simmons on the temple in 1988, said: "I know what Sean is going through.

    "My thoughts go out to him as well - because whether he will come back from this or not, personally I don't think he'll play cricket again."

  91. Phillip Hughes tributes

    Cricket

    SCG bouquet

    A bouquet left in memory of Phillip Hughes is pictured at the gates of the Sydney Cricket Ground.

  92. Player reaction

    David Warner twitter tribute

    David Warner tweets: Brothers in arms, RIP mate. I will always walk out there forever knowing your by my side. Love you BRAZ!!

  93. Hughes: A career in pictures

    Cricket

    Phillip Hughes batting in his final innings for South Australia

    Cricket Australia has compiled a gallery of Phillip Hughes' career highlights.

    From his New South Wales debut in 2007 to finishing his final innings 63 not out for South Australia, Sam Ferris documents his life in cricket.

  94. Hughes was poised for Test return

    Cricket

    Australia selector Mark Waugh revealed Phillip Hughes was poised to make his Test return to face India in Brisbane, The Australiian reports.

    "It makes it an even tougher pill to swallow," Waugh told Fox Sports in Australia.

  95. Hussain: 'I just didn't believe it'

    Cricket

    Nasser Hussain

    Former England captain Nasser Hussain told Sky Sports News he was in "complete and utter shock" when he heard the news this morning:

    "My first instinct was just 'No, no, not in our sport,' I just didn't believe it would happen," he said.

    "Phillip Hughes had a real fighting spirit about him. He didn't always have the best technique but he never gave up. He was a fighter.

    "It really puts the game of cricket into some kind of perspective. In terms of Australia's Test series with India - to ask some of those players to strap on their pads and play a game of cricket might be asking too much - although they might want it to be a tribute to him.

    "We have to look at how we can improve safety equipment in any way we can. Especially fielding at short leg, I would want the back of my neck protected now, as that is a position where you turn your back on the ball often."

  96. 'Cricket a huge family'

    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    Sean Abbott

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live earlier about bowler Sean Abbott:

    "It's horrible feeling when you do that.

    "It's part of the tactic of fast bowling - to bowl short at the batsmen to insight a bit of fear, a bit of apprehension but you don't want to cause injury.

    "When you do, it's a bit like injuring one of your kids.

    "Cricket is a huge family and we're all part of it. When you do injure a fellow batsmen, a fellow cricketer, it's a horrible thing.

    "You feel ashamed and you want to try and get that ball back and you regret it happening.

    "I have no idea how Sean Abbott is going to deal with it because he'll blame himself totally and he'll have a great deal of difficulty getting back into the game. He's got to live with this."

  97. 'More research will follow'

    Cricket

    Vic Marks

    BBC Test Match Special

    Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live earlier about future designs of cricket helmets:

    "What I think will happen inevitably after this is that there will be ever more research into the design of helmets to see what improvements can be made.

    "You want them to be liked and comfortable on the one hand, but you obviously want them to protect every part of the head, which maybe wasn't the case here.

    "They'll be lots of intense research I'm sure in the next few weeks and months into that aspect.

    Masuri cricket helmet designs graphic

    "But I don't see how you could possibly change the way the game is played.

    "And everyone is of course desperately sympathetic for the Hughes family.

    "But spare a thought for Sean Abbott who bowled the ball and is a perfectly innocent part in all this."

  98. Your comments

    Here's what you've been saying about Phillip Hughes' death on Twitter using #bbcsportsday

    Myles Warwood: While it's terrible Hughes has lost his life playing cricket, I also feel very sorry for the bowler, will he ever play again?

    Ali: Still wondering about the news after nearly 9 hrs that Phil is passed away. A great loss of amazing young talent.

    Irfan Afzal: shocked & saddened by Phil Hughes passing away, RIP.

  99. 'Uncomplicated natural'

    Cricket

    Jim Maxwell

    Australian Broadcasting Corporation commentator

    Michael Clarke and Phillip Hughes

    "Philip Hughes was an uncomplicated country boy, who moved as a youngster to play cricket against the men from the city.

    "He was a natural - phlegmatic, laconic, affable and easily engaged."

  100. Clarke leads tributes

    Cricket

    Michael Clarke

    In case you're just joining us for the first time - a reminder of our main story.

    Australia captain Michael Clarke read out a short statement on behalf of Phillip Hughes' family shortly after the 25-year-old's death was confirmed in the early hours of Thursday morning.

    Speaking on behalf of parents Greg and Virginia, sister Megan and brother Jason, he said: "We're devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother, Phillip.

    "It's been a very difficult few days."

  101. Player reaction

    England and Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry tweets: Can't put into my words my sadness at the loss of Phil Hughes. We have lost a great talent but also a great person. #RIPPhilHughes

  102. Warne: Abbott needs support

    Cricket

    Sean Abbott

    Australia legend Shane Warne has led calls for the cricket world to support fast bowler Sean Abbott following Phillip Hughes' death.

    Abbott bowled the ball which hit Hughes high on the neck on Tuesday.

    "It's important for friends and the cricket community to get round Sean," Warne said of the 22-year-old.

    "I'm sure he'll be distraught but it's not his fault."

  103. 'A wonderful human being'

    Cricket

    Former England spinner Shaun Udal was Hughes' captain at Middlesex during his brief stint in 2009.

    He told BBC Radio Berkshire: "I'm devastated.

    "He was a wonderful human being, a joy to have around the place, always happy, positive and upbeat. A cheeky chappy and one of those fun life guys who was so talented. It's awful.

    "It's a freak accident, in any contact sport there is a risk and this is one of those horrible and horrific things we just can't explain and hopefully will never, ever be repeated.

    "There is design work being done to improve the helmet as we speak but you are never going to be totally safe. That is the risk you take in any contact sport."

  104. Hampshire reaction

    Cricket

    Phillip Hughes batting for Hampshire in 2010

    More from Giles White, Hampshire director of cricket, on Phillip Hughes: "He was only here for a short amount of time but what struck me was what a fantastic bloke he was.

    "His batting was exceptional, he didn't have the best spell here but he got involved, worked extremely hard and was a great bloke to have about. He will be sorely missed.

    "The reason we got him was because we wanted a quality batsman and a quality bloke and he was fantastic to have around.

    "It's very tough, everyone in cricket is feeling it, it's a very sad time."

  105. Hampshire reaction

    Cricket

    Hampshire director of cricket Giles White has spoken toBBC Radio Solentabout Phillip Hughes - who made five appearances for the county in 2010.

    "The reaction is shock," he said.

    "I felt Phillip would get through this because of the nature of the character. I guess I was naïve as to the severity of the injury, so I'm very shocked at the very sad news.

    "It's not something you associate with cricket. It's a freak incident and the worst possible result."

  106. Matthew Hoggard reaction

    Cricket

    More from Matthew Hoggard, speaking to BBC Sport, about bowler Sean Abbott: "There's great things coming from him and a lot of people tipped him to play for Australia.

    "Hopefully he can get the support around him and find the strength to carry on.

    "I'm sure Phil would have wanted it because it was a tragic accident."

  107. 'Bouncer part of bowler's armoury'

    Cricket

    Former England bowler Matthew Hoggard has been speaking to BBC Sport's Natalie Pirks.

    Matthew Hoggard

    He said: "As a fast bowler, the bouncer is part of your armoury.

    "You bowl it to be intimidating, but you don't bowl it to try and hurt people.

    "You try to unsettle them, get them on the back foot.

    "To bowl a ball that has resulted in somebody dying has got to be absolutely devastating."

  108. Player reaction

    Peter Siddle twitter tribute to Phillip Hughes

    Australia bowler Peter Siddle tweets: Forever Not Out in My Heart Braz! ❤️ #RIPHughesy #408 #63NotOut

  109. 'A freakish injury'

    Cricket

    Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died at the age of 25

    In case you're just joining our page for the first time today, a recap on some of our coverage.

    Australia team doctor Peter Brukner described Phillip Hughes' fatal injuries as "a freakish accident".

    Brukner said Hughes, 25, died as a result of a vertebral artery dissection, which caused a "massive bleed" on the brain.

  110. World reaction

    Former West Indies captain Sir Viv Richards tweets: Huge loss for our cricketing family. Deepest sympathy for Phillip's family, friends & associates. Sean Abbott in our thoughts & prayers also.

  111. Kevin Pietersen reaction

    Cricket

    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been giving his reaction to Sky Sports News: "It's a tragic loss to our great game.

    "He was developing into a fantastic cricketer.

    "He was probably on course to do great things for Australia.

    "It's a sad loss for sport, not just for cricket. It's a dark day for cricket. It's really sad."

  112. Player tributes

    Aaron Finch tribute to Phillip Hughes

    Australia batsman and Yorkshire overseas player Aaron Finch tweets: This is how I will remember you legend! The most infectious smile and best friend anyone could have! Forever with us!

  113. Hughes' best innings

    Australia v England (Trent Bridge, July 2013)

    An often fractious first Ashes Test series in 2013 was dominated by vexation over DRS and a curious succession of last-wicket stands.

    Hughes began the sequence alongside debutant number 11 Ashton Agar in the first Test at Trent Bridge.

    Hughes and Ashton Agar

    The senior partner's unbeaten 81 from 131 balls was chiselled out against a tough attack.

    He and Agar joined forces on a first-innings 117-9 and took the total to an astounding 280 - his teenage partner making 98.

    After more last-ditch heroics on either side, a titanic Test went England's way by just 14 runs.

  114. Your tributes

    Here's what some of you have been saying on the BBC Sport Facebook page:

    Jacqueline Thomas: Condolences to the friends and family of Phil. An awful accident that was no one's fault. Sending love and support to Sean too. They were both doing what they loved. K

    McDonald Bill: This is a tragic reminder that sport can carry terrible risks and we should remember this was a freak accident. R.I.P. Philip, your light will shine forever

    Sue Curtis: Thinking of all those cricketers in that match, what a terrible thing to happen. RIP to a great young cricketer, and thoughts and prayers with his family and friends

  115. In case you missed it....

    Cricket

    Phillip Hughes video tribute

    BBC Sport's Patrick Gearey looks back on Phillip Hughes' career in this video tribute.

  116. Phillip Hughes tribute

    Cricket

    BBC Radio 5 live

    As Alison Mitchell hinted earlier (see 10:37), Eleanor Oldroyd and Michael Vaughan will present a BBC Radio 5 live sport special this evening from 19:00 GMT in tribute to Phillip Hughes.

    From 21:00 GMT, Alison Mitchell presents live from Australia as the country comes to terms with Hughes' tragic death.

    She will be joined by players and cricket journalists.

  117. Hughes' best innings

    Australia v New Zealand (Wellington, March 2010)

    Hughes' instant success as a 19-year-old waned as he was dropped mid-series from the 2009 Ashes - and had to set about restating his case.

    Hughes celebrates his half century

    It proved no easy task, but March was again kind to him as he piled into the New Zealand attack for a second-innings 86 not out from just 75 balls in Wellington. Hughes hit 12 fours and a six to hasten Australia to victory by 10 wickets.

  118. Hughes' best innings

    Australia v South Africa (Durban, March 2009)

    Hughes was far from done in Durban, even after his first innings 115 (see 11:11). He duly doubled up in the second innings with 160.

    Phil Hughes

    Australia comfortably oversaw South Africa, and Hughes gained his place in the history books, deposing West Indies great George Headley, after almost 80 years, as the youngest batsman to make a century in each innings of a Test.

  119. Flag lowered

    Lord's flag at half mast

    Lord's tweets: The MCC flag lowered behind the Compton Stand this morning for #PhilHughes

  120. Geoffrey Boycott column

    Cricket

    Geoffrey Boycott

    In his column for the Telegraph today, Geoffrey Boycott writes how modern batsmen have come to rely too heavily on helmets for protection:

    "Helmets have made batsmen feel safe in the belief that they cannot be hurt and made batsmen more carefree and careless.

    "As a consequence more players get hit on the helmet nowadays than ever got hit on the head, before we batted without this protection.

    "I was lucky that I grew up without helmets in the Sixties and Seventies so learnt from a very early age I had to be very selective."

  121. Player tributes

    Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson tweets: Extremely saddened R.I.P 408 bruz

  122. Jason Gillespie reaction

    Cricket

    Sean Abbott

    More from Jason Gillespie - speaking to Sky Sports News about Sean Abbott, who bowled the ball which hit Hughes: "Abbott is a lovely young kid who was just running in and doing his job, bowling balls and it was one of the last things that he would have expected.

    "We are really feeling for him right now and everyone who was there.

    "With all due respect I don't think that this is the time to talk about the safety issues and that sort of thing.

    "Phillip's family are grieving, the cricket community are grieving, and his friends outside of cricket are grieving."

  123. 'Just devastating'

    Cricket

    Jason Gillespie

    Former Australia bowler and now Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie, speaking on Sky Sports News earlier: "It was just devastating, I can't imagine how everyone back over in Australia is coping.

    "I know a lot of people there who are grieving. He was a very popular character, friends with everyone there and I just can't imagine what it would be like to have been there at the accident.

    "A lot of those lads have grown up playing cricket together and it will be a very tough time for them. It is just horrific circumstances that shouldn't happen in sport."

  124. Modern cricket safety "very good"

    Cricket

    Simon Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special

    Simon Hughes on modern day cricket safety

    "Watch a short video on the BBC Sport website, sharing my views on modern day safety in cricket.

    "I think the game is as safe as it's ever been and this has tragically been a freak accident.

    "Very, very unlucky and extremely unfortunate.

    "Helmets are very good. There's lots of technology that's been brought in to make them safe."

  125. Forever #63NotOut

    ICC tribute to Phillip Hughes

    The ICC tweet: Cricket is united in grief today for the loss of Phillip Hughes, he will forever be #63NotOut

  126. Newspaper reaction

    Cricket

    Australian paper The Daily Telegraph has blacked-out the back page of its Friday edition in tribute to Phillip Hughes.

    Daily Telegraph Australia back page
  127. Botham: 'Sad day for cricket'

    Cricket

    Ian Botham

    Former England batsman Ian Botham has had this to say on today's news.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live's Tim Peach, he said: "I think it's a very sad day for cricket.

    "It's a very sad day for Phillip Hughes' family and for his friends. My thoughts are with them, the whole cricketing world's thoughts are with them.

    "It's just a shock. I think we should just let the family remember the great times. It's very sad."

  128. Hughes' best innings

    Australia v South Africa (Durban, March 2009)

    Just under a year after he announced his talent to the world in Sydney, Hughes was already playing in his second Test match for Australia.

    He made his mark with a century against South Africa's faltering pace attack, who were unable to stop him once he was in full flow.

    Phil Hughes celebrates his century against South Africa

    Hughes reached his hundred with successive sixes off Paul Harris, having dominated an opening stand of 184 with fellow left-hander Simon Katich.

  129. County cricket fixtures update

    Cricket

    The ECB has announced the 2015 domestic fixtures will be announced at 10:30 GMT on Friday.

    They were originally due to be released this morning.

  130. Hughes' best innings

    New South Wales v Victoria (Sydney, March 2008)

    Let's take a look back at some of Hughes' outstanding innings from a career that has been tragically cut short, starting with his bow as 19-year-old for New South Wales in Sydney in March 2008.

    Phillip Hughes celebrates scoring a century for New South Wales in 2008

    Hughes, just 19, capped a highly-successful first Sheffield Shield season by becoming the youngest player to hit a century in a Pura Cup final.

    His second-innings 116 helped New South Wales to a 258-run win over Victoria at the SCG and signalled a significant talent ready to move up to the wider stage.

  131. Global reaction

    Cricket

    Kolkata club match tribute to Hughes

    Members of two local cricket teams observe a moment of silence for Phillip Hughes before their match in Kolkata, India.

  132. Sri Lanka and England to pay tribute

    Phillip Hughes

    BBC Test Match Special tweets: There will be a minutes silence before the second ODI on Saturday in Colombo to pay tribute to Phillip Hughes

  133. Lord's tribute

    Grace Gates at Lord's

    Lord's, the Home Of Cricket, tweets: Flowers laid outside the Grace Gate at Lord's this morning for #PhilHughes

  134. Phillip Hughes tribute

    Cricket

    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Sport

    A desperate day. We'll pay full tribute to Phil Hughes on 5Live Sport from 7pm UK time @bbc5live.

  135. Middlesex reaction

    Cricket

    Phillip Hughes playing for Middlesex

    Middlesex have released a tribute to Phillip Hughes, who had a brief spell with the club in 2009.

    A statement on the club website said: "The thoughts and love of everyone at the club goes out to Phil's family and friends during this terrible time.

    "Phil was a bright, talented and fun young man, who made a huge impression on the Club during his brief stay here at Lord's.

    "Middlesex CCC is proud that he represented the club."

  136. Phillip Hughes in numbers

    Cricket

    Phillip Hughes career stats
  137. 2015 fixtures delayed

    Cricket

    The ECB has postponed announcing the 2015 domestic fixtures in light of Phillip Hughes' death until further notice.

    They were due to be released this morning.

  138. Abbott leaves Sydney hospital

    Cricket

    Sean Abbott (right) leave St Vincent's Hospital

    Bowler Sean Abbott, 22, who delivered the ball which struck Phillip Hughes, has been pictured looking distraught as leaves St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney.

  139. Vale Phillip Hughes 1988-2014

    Adelaide Oval scoreboard

    A picture of the Adelaide Oval scoreboard as pictured on their Twitter account: RIP Phillip Hughes #AdelaideOval #Adelaide

    A tribute image was also placed on video screen at the ground:

    Adelaide Oval video screen
  140. 'An absolute genius'

    Cricket

    Kane Richardson

    Reaction from Phillip Hughes' South Australia team-mate Kane Richardson:

    "It was an honour to play alongside you at club, state and international level.

    "You were an absolute genius on the field and a loveable lad off it.

    "To know that we will never share a changing room again hurts, but I am privileged to know that we did.

    "Every time I pull on one of those caps above I will think of you. I don't know how we will go on without you, but we will have to find a way, which is what you always did.

    "Even in your last innings they still couldn't touch you. 63*. RIP Brus, Son, Boss, maaaaaate."

  141. Australia mourns 'Hughesy'

    Cricket

    Front page of the Sydney Daily Telegraph
    Image caption: Front page of the Sydney Daily Telegraph

    At 11 hours ahead of GMT, Sydney learned the news of Phillip Hughes' death at around 16:00 local time.

    The day's front page of the local newspaper was pictured outside St Vincent's Hospital, as the nation started mourning for one of its most promising cricketers.

  142. 'An absolute tragedy'

    Cricket

    Shane Warne, speaking on Sky Sports News: "He is very, very humble.

    "He loved the game and wanted to the best player he possibly could. It is just an absolute tragedy.

    "It is just so, so sad and horrific. We've lost one of the good guys."

  143. 'Love for the game'

    Cricket

    BBC Radio Wales

    More reaction from Simon Jones: "He [Phillip Hughes] was a good lad you know.

    "Obviously I'm 10 years older than him. He was a young lad when he was at Hampshire, he was 21, 22 years old, so it was one of those things you try to look after him, make him feel at home and try and help him any way you can.

    "The thing that struck me about Phil was his energy and his love for the game.

    "He always wanted to get better, I didn't see anyone work as hard as him and I'm deeply saddened today."

  144. 'Deeply saddening'

    Cricket

    BBC Radio Wales

    Speaking to BBC Radio Wales former England bowler Simon Jones, a Hampshire team-mate of Phillip Hughes, said: "It's obviously shocking news to wake up to.

    "My wife came in and shook me this morning and said in a very upset manner that Phillip had passed away and I was in shock because when I heard the news I thought with the way things are he's just going to be in hospital for three or four days and recover and then be back to normal.

    "To hear that he's passed away is deeply saddening and my thoughts go out to his family and friends but also to the bowler Sean Abbott.

    "You know it's something that we do as a job as a quick bowler - you run in and try and be aggressive and impose yourself. You never go out to intentionally hurt someone, but for someone to actually die, it's sickening."

  145. Hampshire reaction

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    Hampshire have issued a tribute to Phillip Hughes, who made five appearances for the county in 2010.

    Club chairman Rod Bransgrove said: "I cannot begin to comprehend the loss of a talented & lovely lad. You are part of our family. Rest in peace buddy."

  146. 'Baggy Green dreams'

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    Phillip Hughes pictured with his father Greg

    Cricket Australia writer Andrew Ramsay describes Phillip Hughes as "a country boy who chased his Baggy Green dreams" in this tribute published in the last hour.

  147. Warner in tears

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    Matthew Wade (L) and his partner Julia Barry (2nd L) with David Warner (R) with partner Candice Falzon (2nd R)

    Australia batsman David Warner was pictured leaving St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney in tears.

    He is accompanied by his partner Candice Falzon and Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.

    On Instagram, Warner said: RIP my little man. You will always be with me when I walk out onto the field. Not just a mate but a loved one to us all big man. Forever in my heart brother for life. Miss you buddy.

  148. 'RIP Hughesy'

    Worcestershire Phillip Hughes

    Worcestershire CCC tweet: #RIPHughesy a much loved Pear, his passing is a great loss to the game. #475

  149. 'A great asset'

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    Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell, a former team-mate of Phillip Hughes, told Sky Sports News: "Phillip was a great asset to our dressing room. A bubbly character, a cheeky chappy.

    "He was just a great guy to have around, very successful.

    "The memories I will hold on to of him were of his dressing room banter and his ability to get on superbly with team-mates."

  150. India tour match cancelled

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    A two-day tour match between a Cricket Australia XI and India, scheduled to start on Friday in Adelaide has been cancelled.

    Pat Howard from Cricket Australia said: "Today we were reminded that cricket is just a game and it is the characters that play the game that make it so special.

    "We have spoken to the players and have made the decision based on the best interest of all concerned.

    "Several of the CA XI players have returned home to seek support and solace from their family, friends and team-mates.

    "We appreciate the support and cooperation shown by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), team management and the India players who have been nothing but respectful during this tragic time."

  151. Flags at half mast

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    Sydney Cricket Ground

    The Australian flag flies at half mast at the Sydney Cricket Ground following the announcement Phillip Hughes' death.

    Hughes was batting on the ground on Tuesday for South Australia against New South Wales in a Sheffield Shield match when he was struck by a short-pitched ball.

  152. Stay strong Sean Abbott

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    Sean Abbott

    Several cricketers and supporters have recognised the effect of today's tragedy on 22-year-old Sean Abbott, whose bouncer it was that struck Hughes the fatal blow. Many have tweeted their support to the New South Wales and Sydney Sixers bowler:

    Former England batsman Alec Stewart: Spare a thought for poor Sean Abbott too. He will need all the support possible to help him try and get through this. #CricketFamily

    Former South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock: Absolutely shocked to hear the news of Phil Hughes passing away! Thoughts and prays are with his family as well as Sean Abbott!

    Indian batsman Rohit Sharma: Saddest day in cricket fraternity. Rest in peace mate and Sean Abbott stay strong.

  153. 'He was always looking for the next wave'

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    Nick Compton

    Nick Compton has given a heartfelt, intimate insight into the personality of Phillip Hughes, in a blog the England batsman wrote hours before Hughes' death was announced this morning. Compton spent time with Hughes as the overseas player for the Western Suburbs cricket team in Sydney.

  154. Andrew Strauss reaction

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    Speaking on Sky Sports News, former England captain and Middlesex team-mate of Phillip Hughes, Andrew Strauss said: "The most sickening aspect of all of this is that he was a guy in the best years of his life and that was extinguished out of the blue.

    "He was only 25 and to have achieved what he did in such a short period of time was extraordinary - to become the youngest player ever to score back-to-back hundreds as he did against South Africa.

    "He was modifying his game all the time as well.

    "It is a tragedy that he is gone in terms of cricket, but that pales into insignificance when compared to the loss of him as a person."

  155. MCC reaction

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    Phillip Hughes playing for Middlesex

    The MCC flag at Lord's has been lowered in respect to Phillip Hughes, who played on the ground for Middlesex as well as in Test matches for Australia.

    Reacting to the news of his death, MCC President David Morgan said: "This devastating loss has shocked the cricket world, and on behalf of MCC I offer our condolences to his family and friends.

    "I well remember his first series in South Africa. Phillip was a fine cricketer and one who we will tragically never have the chance to see batting again here at the Home of Cricket.

    "Cricket can be a dangerous sport, but for a talented young man to lose his life playing the game he loved is beyond most people's comprehension.

    "Known as he was to so many at Lord's, this news will be hard felt."

  156. Your tributes

    Here's a selection of some of your tributes to Phillip Hughes from the BBC Sport Facebook page:

    Anna Regan: Tragic...thinking of the bowler Sean Abbott too

    Claire Hudd: So so sad. Especially hit my 11 year old who is also a very keen cricketer

    Ant Wags: So sad. Utterly tragic loss. RIP from a Hampshire CC fan. Thoughts are with your family.

  157. 'Just another ball in just another game of cricket'

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    Jonathan Agnew

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    Phil Hughes

    "Hughes was an immensely popular young cricketer. He played for three counties in England and this news will affect everyone involved with the game.

    "Every now and then in cricket there is a more serious injury, but not this. So while accepting that there is an element of risk playing almost every sport, to lose a such a talented young player to just another ball bowled in just another game of cricket is a tragedy.

    "Modern headgear has been drastically reduced since the early prototypes, enabling batsmen to play more comfortably and without compromising their agility.

    "The conclusion will be the same: that this was a brutal, freakish accident, that ended a batsman's life, and will affect the young bowler, Sean Abbott, forever."

  158. 'A great player and a great bloke'

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    Tom Moody
    Image caption: Australian Tom Moody played for Warwickshire and Worcestershire between 1989-1999, as well as 8 Tests for Australia

    Former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody has told Sky Sports News Hughes was a "wonderful player" with his best years ahead of him:

    "He showed us glimpses of what he was capable of doing in a couple of hundreds he scored for Australia, particularly against South Africa in Durban in 2011 he scored back to back hundreds. He was a special talent and a special bloke.

    "You don't score 26 first class hundreds and three test hundreds in such a short career. His best was ahead of him and he had conquered so much already."

  159. ECB reaction

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    Giles Clarke

    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has given its reaction to Phillip Hughes' death.

    Giles Clarke, ECB chairman, said: "This is sad and shocking news and the ECB joins England Cricket in extending its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family of Phillip as well as all the members of the cricketing family who regarded him as a friend or colleague.

    "He was an extremely popular and hugely respected cricketer in England and Wales not only as a successful tourist with various Australian teams but also as a wonderfully talented county player with Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire.

    "He will be missed throughout the world of cricket and today our thoughts are with his family and all those involved in Australian cricket."