Words won’t ever do justice to the sadness that the whole cricketing world has felt today. One of the game’s liveliest characters is no longer with us, and all because of a freak accident.
This is not a time for questioning or suggesting improvements, this is a time for reflection and mourning. The world has lost a star, far too young.
So, my thoughts go out to Phil Hughes’ family, as well to Sean Abbott. He was merely doing his job, this was not his fault in any way. Everyone connected with them must be struggling to come to terms with what today has brought.
Phil Hughes had an inconsistent career but no-one ever had a bad word to say about him. The youngest man to score 2 centuries in the 2 innings of a test match, he had also held the record for highest 10th wicket partnership for his efforts at Trent Bridge with Agar. It didn’t always go right for him, but when it clicked he was a pleasure to watch.
In three days time, he would have celebrated his 26th birthday. It would have been of little significance had this not happened yet now it seems so cruel. No family should lose a loved one so close to their 26th year on this earth. Everything about this story is sad and no-one inside cricket will stop hurting for a very long time. I wanted to join people in paying my respects and hoping that his memory will be cherished forever, as well as hoping Abbott recovers to at least lead a happy, guilt-free life.