CRICKET is mourning the loss of a player, no not a legend from yesteryear but a current player who went out with his bat on Tuesday morning.
Sadly Phil Hughes never returned to the pavilion but will always be 63 not out in the hearts and minds of all who knew him and those who had the pleasure of watching him.
The left hander was struck by a bouncer from Sean Abbott during the game, fell to the ground and never regained conciousness.
At this time the only blessing the cricket world can take is the fact he was apparently in no pain when he passed.
As well as the pleasure of watching him bat, I grabbed an interview with him following a man of the match performance for Worcestershire against Essex in 2012.
He'd already done an interview with Sky Sports but I approached him and after a 'sure mate' he spoke for five minutes, humble, honest and a guy who loved to play cricket.
The tributes show what a great guy he clearly was and my sympathies to the Australian team and especially to the lads in the Worcestershire dressing room.
Our thoughts should go to Sean Abbott as well, he was doing his job as a fast bowler, trying to unsettle Hughes and get him out.
The bouncer isn't designed to kill, a few inches in the other direction and all Hughes would have suffered is a
As well as showing love and support for Phil Hughes family and friends, I hope we all remember Sean Abbott.
Heaven already had a damn good cricket team, sadly it now has a talented left hander to add to its ranks.
RIP Phil, sleep well