Tony Abbott has celebrated the life of cricketer Phil Hughes, who died following head injuries, aged 25.
He was struck on the head by a ball from pace bowler Sean Abbott while batting for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
The batsman was wearing a protective helmet at the time of the accident.
“Phillip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams,’’ said the Australian Prime Minister.
“His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family.”
He also noted that the public should shares sympathies for Abbot, following Hughes’ untimely death.
“We should also remember Sean Abbott who would be absolutely devastated at this tragic accident,” he said.
“The thought that a player in his prime should be killed playing our national game is shocking and sobering. We should be conscious of the risks that our sportspeople run to give us the pleasure that they do. What happened has touched millions of Australians.
Phillip Hughes: Career in pictures
Phillip Hughes: Career in pictures
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Hughes burst onto the international scene by scoring 115 and 160 against South Africa in just his second Test
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Hughes, playing here in a tour match against Sussex, is well known to English fans after spells with Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire
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In last summer's Ashes series Hughes scored 81* at Trent Bridge as part of a 10th wicket partnership of 163 with the debutant Ashton Agar
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Hughes's most recent Test outing was the Lords test of the 2013 Ashes series
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Hughes has scored 1535 runs in 26 Test appearances at an average of 32.65
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Despite making his Test debut in 2009 Hughes is still just 25 - he has played 114 First Class matches and scored 26 centuries
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Although he has been absent from the Test line-up, Hughes recently regained his place in the One Day side for series against Pakistan and South Africa
“For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration. He was loved, admired and respected by his teammates and by legions of cricket fans.
“Australians’ thoughts and prayers are with the Hughes family.’’
Australian coach Darren Lehmann, cricketers Adam Gilchrist, Sachin Tendulka, Mark Boucher and Abraham Benjamin de Villiers also paid tribute on Twitter – some of which offered their condolences to Abbot.
RIP you little champ, we are all going to miss you ! Love, prayers to all the Hughes family xxxx; Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) November 27, 2014
No no no no no. RIP Phillip Hughes; Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) November 27, 2014
For eternity the spirit of Cap No. 408 #RIPPhilHughes; Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) November 27, 2014
May those footprints in the sand now support another young man in need. #SeanAbbott; Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) November 27, 2014
Shocked to hear about Phil. Sad day for cricket. Deepest condolences to family, friends and well wishers. RIP #PhilipHughes; sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 27, 2014
Heart broken! A very dark day. You will be missed, Phil Hughes. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family & friends.; AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) November 27, 2014
Lost for words! Holding onto the fact that he is in a better world right now! RIP buddy! Thinking of Sean and the family! God do your work!; mark boucher (@markb46) November 27, 2014
High-profile names outside the sports world also tweeted of their sympathies, including Hugh Laurie, Piers Morgan, Ed Miliband and David Morrissey.
Australian team captain Michael Clarke tried not to cry this morning as he read this statement on behalf of Hughes' family:
Desperately sad news about Phil Hughes. Also, poor Sean Abbott.; Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) November 27, 2014
Terrible news about Phil Hughes, Tragic thing to happen. Also thinking of Sean Abbott this morning as well.Must be devastating for him.; David Morrissey (@davemorrissey64) November 27, 2014
Absolutely devastating news about Phil Hughes. My thoughts are with his family, friends & the world of cricket this morning.; Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) November 27, 2014
RIP Phillip Hughes. An absolute tragedy for his family, Australia and anyone who loves cricket. Just awful.; Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 27, 2014
“This statement is on behalf of Greg [Phil’s father], Virginia [mother], Jason [brother] and [sister] Megan Hughes.
“We are devastated by the loss of our much loved son and brother Phillip.
“It’s been a devastating few days. We appreciate the support we have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public.
“Cricket was Phillip’s life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him.
“We would like to thank all of the nursing staff at St Vincent’s Hospital and for Cricket NSW medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you.”Reuse content