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Adam Williams

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  1. Many thanks

    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

    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."

  2. Player reaction

    Former Australia batsman Dean Jones tweets a picture from the procession through Macksville:

    Dean Jones picture of Macksville procession

    He adds the message: "That's how much you were loved Hugo! #macksvilletradition #RIPHughesy"

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    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.

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    Pallbearers carry Hughes's casket

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

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    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.

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    Sydney Cricket Ground flags at half mast

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

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    Procession through Macksville

    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.

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    Sydney Cricket Ground screen

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

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    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.

  10. 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."

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    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.

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    Phillip Hughes casket is placed in a hearse

    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.

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    Phillip Hughes funeral on big screen

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

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    Phillip Hughes's casket is led away

    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.

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    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."

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    A crowd watches the funeral from the school oval in Macksville

    Crowds in Macksville watch the funeral on television screens on the playing fields at the High School.

  17. Player reaction

    Former Australia bowler Damien Fleming tweets: "Well played Pup #ForHisMate #RIPPhilipHughes"

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    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."

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

  20. 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."

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

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    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."

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    Phillip Hughes video

    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.

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    Michael Clarke blows a kiss to Phillip Hughes's casket

    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.

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    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."

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    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."

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    Michael Clarke

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

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    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."

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    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.

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    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."

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    Darren Lehmann

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann pictured arriving at the funeral earlier.

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    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."

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    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.

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    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."

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    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."

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    Virat Kohli

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

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    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."

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    Jason Hughes

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

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    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."

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    Nino Rammuno

    Nino Rammuno continues his eulogy.

    There is laughter as he recalls Phillip's first day at Homebush Boys School in Sydney.

    Hughes returned to tell his family his disappointment that there "were no girls at the school".

    "We thought the title might give it away," Rammuno said.

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    Sean Abbott

    Sean Abbott pictured arriving at the funeral earlier. Abbott was bowling when Hughes was hit on the neck during the match between New South Wales and South Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 25 November.

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    Nino Rammuno: "Phillip's journey into cricket was one of great persuasion from his brother, Jason. Jason first introduced him in a club game where, had Phillip not played, the game would've been called off. On debut, as a tail-ender, Phillip made 25 runs and so his love of the game begun."

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    Nino Rammuno: "Phillip spent a lot of his early life with both sets of grandparents. He would regularly partake in fishing and trying to catch a legendary 'monster' fish, which to this day has never been caught."

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    Nino Rammuno, cousin of Phillip Hughes, starts a eulogy on behalf of the Hughes family.

  45. 'A celebration of life'

    Father Michael Alcock's opening message read: "We gather to celebrate his 26 years of life. That is what we are doing here this afternoon. To those both near and far whom his life has touched, we pray this afternoon that today we will feel some consolation as we celebrate his life."

    Phillip Hughes would have celebrated his 26th birthday on 30 November.

  46. Player tributes

    Yorkshire and England all-rounder Tim Bresnan tweets: "Thinking of all the family, friends and team mates of Phil Hughes over in Oz at this difficult time #RIPPhilHughes #cricketfamily"

  47. Australia's tributes

    SCG tribute to Phillip Hughes

    Carly Adno, sports journalist for Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph, tweets: "The 63 bats lined up at the SCG. Each one tells a different Phillip Hughes story... Beautiful touch @scg"

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    Father Michael Alcock welcomes the congregation with a message and a brief prayer. James Henderson then takes the service's first reading from the Second Letter of St Paul to Timothy before the choir sings the Psalm of The Lord is My Shepherd.

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    Brian Lara and Shane Warne

    Cricket legends Brian Lara and Shane Warne arrive for the funeral.

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    Michael Clarke

    The tune of "Forever Young" by band Youth Group starts the service, which is being led by Nambucca Shire Council Mayor, Cr Rhonda Hoban and James Henderson.

    An emotional Michael Clarke wipes away a tear as the music plays.

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    Hughes family picture

    Phillip Hughes's family are making their way in to the High School as the service is set to get under way.

    A family picture is shown on the screen at the front of the hall.

  52. Player tributes

    West Indies legend Sir Viv Richards tweets: "My heart goes out to the family, friends & the people of Macksville honouring their favourite son Phillip today."

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    Phillip Hughes's casket

    Phillip Hughes's casket is placed at the front of Macksville High School Stadium along with one of the left-hander's bats.

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    Jon Donnison

    BBC News in Macksville

    "Good to see Sean Abbott at Phillip Hughes funeral. Tough day for the bowler. Thoughts with him."

    Abbott, a friend of Hughes, was the bowler who delivered the ball that hit the 25-year-old batsman on the neck.

  55. Prime Minister arrives

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has arrived outside the High School.

    He is greeted by Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland before signing a book of condolence placed outside the stadium.

  56. If the cap fits....

    Phillip Hughes's baggy green and state cricket caps

    Phillip Hughes's 'Baggy Green' and state cricket caps hang inside Macksville High School Stadium ahead of the service, which is due to start shortly.

    A screen at the front of the hall has shown images of Hughes playing for both Australia and Middlesex, the English county side he turned out for in 2009.

  57. Test series rescheduled

    Phillip Hughes

    Australia's Test series with India will now begin in Adelaide on 9 December following the death of Phillip Hughes.

    The first Test had been due to start in Brisbane on Thursday.

    That Test will now start on 17 December and will be the second of a four-match series, with the others in Melbourne and Sydney.

  58. Player tributes

    England batsman Nick Compton, a close friend of Phillip Hughes, is among those at the funeral. He tweeted: "Phil when asked a few years back if he was going to a funeral 'nah mate just going to the after party' now were all at yours! love ya mate"

  59. Hughes: A video tribute

    Cricket Australia video tribute to Phillip Hughes

    One of the most touching tributes in the hours following his death came from Cricket Australia.

    An archive interview along with never-before-seen footage from his life on the road with the Australian team told the story of the country boy from New South Wales who went on to represent his country.

  60. Crowds watch on screens

    Crowds gather on the Macksville High School oval

    As mentioned earlier, crowds are also gathering on the oval at Macksville High School to watch the service.

  61. Mourners gather

    Phillip Hughes funeral video stream

    We're starting to see our first television pictures of the congregation arriving ahead of the funeral.

    Among the mourners are former Australia bowlers Shane Warne Glenn McGrath, as well as West Indies legend Brian Lara. Former Australia Test captain Ricky Ponting has also taken his seat inside the High School.

    Follow the footage by clicking on the On Now tab at the top of this page.

  62. Thousands expected to mourn

    Order of service booklet for Phillip Hughes funeral

    An order of service booklet is placed on a chair ahead of the funeral at Macksville High School Stadium.

    A crowd of around 5,000 are also expected to watch the service as it is screened live on televisions on the school's nearby playing fields.

    The community have been invited to join a public procession through Macksville at the conclusion of the main service.

  63. Worcestershire remembers

    Hughes spent a successful spell with Worcestershire in 2012. The club tweeted earlier: "Our thoughts are with the Hughes family today. Be strong. #63notout #RIPHughesy"

    Phillip Hughes in action for Worcestershire
  64. Adelaide Strikers tribute

    Phillip Hughes's Twenty20 Big Bash side Adelaide Strikers tweeted this photo:

    Adelaide Strikers Phillip Hughes tribute

    With it was the message: "Emotional morning as staff pay their respects ahead of today's funeral broadcast at Adelaide Oval. #RIPPhillipHughes"

  65. Nathan Lyon arrives

    Nathan Lyon

    Australia spinner Nathan Lyon is the latest member of the national team to arrive in Macksville ahead of the funeral service at 03:00 GMT (14:00 AEDT).

    Lyon was playing for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield match in which Hughes was batting for South Australia when he was hit fatally on the neck.

  66. School tributes

    Macksville School tributes

    BBC Test Match Special tweets: The scene outside the old school of Phillip Hughes ahead of his funeral today #Macksville #63notoutforever

  67. School remembers

    Jon Donnison

    BBC News in Macksville

    Phillip Hughes former school pays tribute

    Touching tribute outside #philiphughes old school in Macksville. #63notout

  68. Macksville prepares for farewell

    Former Australia Test batsman Michael Slater will be co-hosting the television coverage of the funeral on Australia's Channel 9 Network. He tweeted this picture a short while ago:

    Michael Slater tweet from Phillip Hughes funeral

    It was accompanied by the message: "Arrived in Macksville an hour ago. Our coverage is overlooking High School Oval where Phil scored plenty!!"

  69. Australian cricket family remembers

    Kyly Clarke tribute to Phillip Hughes

    Kyly Clarke, the wife of Australia captain Michael, left a tribute to Phillip Hughes on her Instagram page.

    It read:

    "Today will always be remembered as the day we farewelled our friend way to early in life. We miss you now, we will miss you more tomorrow but we will never forget you! That smile, that laugh, that cheeky little grin, your warmth, your love, the friend you've been. Our hotel room visits, my extra dinner date, my little Italian brother and our tour mate. Our Xmas lunch buddy, a friend we trust, our trivia night partner, the guy who never was fussed!


  70. Players arrive in Macksville

    Members of the Australia cricket team arrive ahead of the service at Macksville High School, due to begin in less than an hour's time.

    Mitchell Johnson

    Bowler Mitchell Johnson and all-rounder Steve Smith are some of the first.

    Steve Smith
  71. #putoutyourbats

    Bats put out in Macksville in memory of Phillip Hughes

    Phillip Hughes's death saw an overwhelming number of tributes from around the world.

    Perhaps the most iconic were the millions left on Twitter by cricket fans and players, who posted photos of their own bats with the hashtag #putoutyourbats.

    Tributes went beyond cricket, too. At the weekend, a number of sporting fixtures around the world paused to remember Hughes.

    Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici placed a cricket bat in his goal for Reading's match against Norwich
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    Phil Mercer

    BBC News in Macksville

    Bats left outside Macksville Public School

    "Green and gold ribbons representing Australia's national sporting colours hang from street lamps and trees.

    "Then there are the simple, yet powerful, symbols of solidarity and sadness: hundreds of cricket bats leaning on fences, front doors and outside shops and restaurants.

    "The ripples of grief spread far beyond Phil Hughes' home turf.

    "His funeral will be shown on large screens in Australia's cricket heartland in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.

    "Elsewhere, the global game from Sri Lanka to South Africa will also pause on this most sombre of days."

  73. Macksville pays tribute

    Phil Mercer

    BBC News in Macksville

    Phillip Hughes banner in Macksville

    "Legend and inspirational.

    "The thoughts of the international cricket community are shared in heart-felt banners draped outside Phil Hughes's old school in Macksville.

    "He was one of their own who conquered the big time but felt most comfortable at home.

    "Under a blazing sun, there is a sea of tributes in this hardworking farming town 470kms north of Sydney."

  74. Clarke among pallbearers

    Michael Clarke arrives in Macksville ahead of Phillip Hughes' funeral

    Australia captain and friend Michael Clarke will be among the pallbearers at the funeral of Phillip Hughes in Macksville.

    He will be joined by Phillip's father, Gregory, as well as Tom Cooper, who was batting with Hughes when he was struck by a short-pitched delivery.

    Australia team-mate Aaron Finch, a close friend of Hughes, is also a pallbearer.

  75. Phillip Hughes #408

    Phillip Hughes

    Phillip Hughes was the 408th man to play Test cricket for Australia.

    He played 26 Tests matches - the last against England at Lord's in July 2013 - and scored three centuries.

    A free-flowing, attacking, left-handed batsman, his unique style of play saw him make his Test debut at 20.

    He became the youngest man to score centuries in both innings of a Test, achieving the feat against South Africa in Durban in 2009 - only his second appearance in the legendary 'Baggy Green'.

    Hughes also had three spells playing county cricket in England, representing Middlesex, Hampshire and Worcestershire.

    BBC Sport's Joe Wilson looks back on his career.

  76. Home-town funeral

    Mourners gather in Macksville ahead of the funeral of Phillip Hughes

    Phillip Hughes will be laid to rest in his home town of Macksville in New South Wales, where the "country boy" spent much of his childhood helping out on his family's banana farm.

    The service - in the sports hall of Macksville High School, which he attended - is due to begin around 03:00 GMT (14:00 local time), but mourners have been gathering to pay their respects many hours in advance.

    Members of the Australian cricket team will be joined at the funeral by representatives of the game from around the world.

    Phillip Hughes' casket arrives ahead of the Funeral Service in Macksville

    A short while ago, his casket arrived in the town ahead of the service.

  77. Phillip Joel Hughes 1988-2014

    Australian cricketer Phil Hughes (file pic Aug 2010)

    This is the BBC's coverage of the funeral of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.

    Less than a week ago, the 25-year-old batsman died after he was struck on the neck by a short-pitched ball playing for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

    The former Test player had scored 63 runs when he was hit by a ball from bowler Sean Abbott. Hughes collapsed to the ground and never regained consciousness, dying in hospital two days' later.