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India’s second warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide has been cancelled following the tragic death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.
Hughes, 25, passed away just two days after he was hit on the side of the head by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.
“The Test match next week, we haven’t thought that far ahead and we really don’t think it is appropriate at this time,” Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said. “The whole of Australian cricket is grieving and all we want to do is provide the Hughes family all the support we possibly can right now. In the fullness of time we’ll think about what’s ahead, but to be honest we really haven’t thought that far ahead.
“Phillip has only died this afternoon. The important thing is to provide support for everyone. In time people will start to think about what’s next and obviously a funeral is one of those things. But we’ll certainly make sure the Australian public get their opportunity to pay their respects to Phillip in an appropriate way in the foreseeable future.”
Cricket Australia high performance manager Pat Howard added: “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 the ACA [Australian Cricketers’ Association] 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, team management and the India players who have been nothing but respectful during this tragic time.”