‘We are heartbroken for Phil’s family’, says Brendon McCullum

"Our focus at the moment is not on our performances, it is all about Phil"

“Our focus at the moment is not on our performances, it is all about Phil”

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has announced that the national team are “heartbroken” for Phillip Hughes’ family following his tragic death.

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

“On behalf of the Blackcaps I want to make the following statement,” McCullum said in a message released by New Zealand Cricket (NZC). “Our focus at the moment is not on our performances, it is all about Phil.

“You are all in our thoughts, our hearts and in Phil’s case, our memories. Cricket is a sport, but the cricket community is a family. We are here for you, we are thinking of you.

“We are heartbroken for Phil’s family, Greg, Virginia, Megan and Jason. No one should go through what you guys are going through right now.

“We are reaching out to Phil’s family, Clarke and the Australian boys, medical staff, fans, all who have been affected by Phil’s passing. We are also reaching out to Abbott.”

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