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Legendary Australia captain Allan Border has announced that the first Test between Australia and India, which is set to get underway on December 4 in Brisbane, should go ahead as planned.
Border’s comments come after many players and pundits are questioning whether the first Test should be played following the tragic death of batsman Phillip Hughes.
The 25-year-old, who was playing for South Australia, underwent emergency surgery two days ago after being hit on the side of the head by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.
“There will be guys, particularly the guys that were out on the field at the time that are named in the Test squad, they mightn’t be feeling like playing cricket at the moment,” Border told Fox Sports. “You’d understand if they wanted to pull out. But I think the game should go ahead.
“We’re all a bit numb at the moment. I get the feeling that Phillip would want the game to go ahead. But if the individuals don’t feel up it, then so be it.”
However, former batsman Damien Martyn tweeted that the first Test should be postponed.
“With the current situation it might be worth considering postponing the first test match next week,” he said via his Twitter account.