UPDATE: THE Australian cricket team has arrived at Coffs Harbour, in New South Wales, and will shortly begin the journey south to Macksville.
Channel Nine reported players would then be escorted to the hometown of Phillip Hughes by a police escort, ahead of the 25 year old’s funeral service beginning at 1:00pm (AEST).
EARLIER: AUSTRALIAN cricket captain Michael Clarke is poised to make an emotional farewell to Phillip Hughes at his funeral today.
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He’ll be combining a tribute with pallbearer duties at his best mate’s funeral in the young cricketer’s hometown of Macksville.
The small town on the NSW mid-north coast is expected to shut down for the service starting at 2pm (AEDT) at the Macksville Recreation Centre, which is expected to cram in 700 people.
Thousands are expected to pay tribute to the 25-year-old batsman by watching the funeral from overflow areas at a nearby sports field.
Political heavyweights and long list of the who’s who of cricket are set to attend the farewell.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, opposition leader Bill Shorten and NSW Premier Mike Baird have been confirmed.
The full Australian Test squad and a host of former greats including Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee are set to pay their respects at the one-hour service.
The funeral will be broadcast on several television stations today from 12:30pm (AEST).