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England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke has expressed his “deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences” to the family of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.
Hughes tragically passed away at the tender age of 25 after being struck on the side of the neck by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.
“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,” Clarke said. “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.”
MCC President David Morgan added: “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.”
It has also been announced that a two minute silence will be held before the start of the second ODI between England and Sri Lanka in Colombo.