Australia captain Michael Clarke dedicated his team’s Cricket World Cup victory to the memory of teammate Phillip Hughes, who was killed during a match in November.
“I think for everybody in Australian cricket it’s been really tough few months,” Clarke said, according to the BBC. “Tonight is certainly dedicated to our little brother and our teammate Phillip Hughes.”
Hughes was struck in the head by a ball and was rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery. He remained a medically-induced coma for two days before his death. He was 25.
Australia defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the World Cup final on Sunday. It was a record fifth World Cup victory for the Australians, and their fourth in the last five tournaments. No other country has won more than twice.
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A terrible tragedy. Not only a great player but a great bloke from all accounts. Michael Clark has shown himself to be a class act through all of this – great captain, great friend and a great bloke. Well done Michael Clark in and through a very hard and sad time. And of course my thoughts are with the family and friends of Phil Hughes especially, but also the very distressed guy who bowled the bouncer – not his fault. I feel for him greatly.
This is my game – my sport. I don’t know any of those involved personally, but this has quite distressed me. I think because of my humanness but also because it has always been my sport.
Phillip Hughes – far too young and gone too soon. Very sad day for Australian cricket and cricket in general.