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Legendary Australia captain Steve Waugh believes that deceased batsman Phillip Hughes had the potential to join the illustrious 100-Test club.
Hughes represented Australia in 26 Tests before he tragically 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.
“It’s so sad,” Waugh told Sydney radio station 2GB 873. “Everyone handles these things in different ways. Everything wrong came together at the same time, and it couldn’t have been changed.
“It’s such a tragedy, and I think everyone is still dealing with it now. I think particularly a lot of the Australian players who saw what happened and were present will never forget what happened.
“So it’s going to be difficult for a lot of the players to move on from this.”
Waugh also recalled how Hughes never complained when he was dropped and always strived to be better by continuously practising and scoring runs in first-class cricket.
“It’s going to take time, and I just hope that in time, we will remember Phil for what he was: a fantastic cricketer who was on the cusp of, I think he would have been a great player – I think he would have been a 100-Test player,” Waugh said.
“We just have to remember the really positive things about what he did and what he stood for, (such as) how he handled adversity and disappointment; he was dropped five times in 26 Test matches but never once did I hear him complain about being dropped.
“He went back out the next day and scored runs, and that’s a great attitude that we should all take, and I think the spirit of every young cricketer will have a little bit of Phil Hughes with him when they carry on.”