AUSTRALIAN Captain Michael Clarke has addressed the media with a prepared statement after the loss of his teammate and close friend Phillip Hughes.
The skipper looked visible upset as he went over the pain the Australian cricket side have been feeling since Thursday when Hughes lost his fight for life after an on-field accident.
“We’re going to miss that cheeky grin and that twinkle in his eye,” said Clarke.
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“The world lost one of its great blokes this week and we are all poorer for it.
“Our promise to Hughesy’s family is that we will do everything we can to honour his memory,” he said.
Mid-way through, Clarke revealed Hughes’ one-day shirt number 64 would be retired as he requested to Cricket Australia.
“Our dressing room will never be the same.
“We loved him and always will,” Clarke finished.
It comes just three days after Hughes’ passing as tributes continue to pour in from not only Australia, but the world.