THE A-League is just another of Australia’s sporting codes to join in honouring cricketer Phillip Hughes.
In last night’s clash between Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United, players joined the crowd in a minute’s silence before kick-off at AAMI Park as a cricket bat sat on top of a soccer ball to show the two games joining in mourning.
Then, in the 63rd minute – which was Hughes’ score when he was fatally struck by a cricket ball during a Sheffield Shield match on Tuesday – the teams and crowd applauded the cricketer by chanting “Hughesy” and holding up banners.
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Melbourne came out on top in the clash – winning 3-2 over Adelaide after all five goals were scored in the first half.
Meantime, it’s still unknown whether or not the first Test against India will go ahead in Brisbane next week following Hughes’ passing.
With all grade cricket in Sydney and Adelaide cancelled, Hughes will further be honoured in club and school cricket games today.
Players will take part in a minute’s silence and wear black armbands in memory of the cricketer.
The news of Hughes’ passing has even reach the Queen, who has sent a condolence message to his family.
Phillip Hughes would have turned 26-years-old on Sunday.