‘We’ve all wept in the last day or so’, says Michael Slater

"The whole of Australia is mourning because he was a fighter"

“The whole of Australia is mourning because he was a fighter”

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Former Australia batsman Michael Slater has become the latest cricketer to pay tribute to batsman Phillip Hughes.

Hughes tragically passed away at the age of 25 yesterday after he was hit on the side of the neck by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.

“I think we’ve all wept in the last day or so,” Slater told BBC Radio 5. “I don’t think anyone thought the outcome would be Phillip Hughes passing away.

“It is so heavy and confusing. It’s not what happens in cricket. In this instance it has changed cricket forever.

“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.”

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