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A freak accident. A life lost. Another halted.

I have typed and re-typed this post. I don’t know how to start. I don’t know how to continue. I keep tearing up at regular intervals.

Image Source: Cricket Australia

Image Source: Cricket Australia

I didn’t know Phillip Hughes personally. But as a cricket-lover, I knew him. I watched on TV like the rest of us cricket-lovers when he made his debut as a 20 year old and slammed two consecutive centuries in that series. I watched him make a century later on his one-day debut. And like most of us, on Tuesday this week, I saw him collapse face-first after being hit by a delivery on his neck in a freak accident.

An accident that ended his life.

While I never knew Phil Hughes the man, he was undoubtedly loved by his friends and other cricketers. Never before have I seen such outpouring of support, grief and tears. His team mates have been around the whole time he was in hospital. People like me had been checking the news online for any updates every hour. And then finally, late Thursday afternoon, the news we all dreaded came through. An entire nation — cricket-lovers and non-cricket-lovers — have all been left stunned.

My heart goes out to his family and his friends. My heart also goes out to Sean Abbott. The bowler who bowled that delivery. It’s not his fault by any means and I’m sure if Hughes could have spoken, he’d reassure Sean of the same. It was an accident. A horrible one. A rare one.

One that has seen one life lost and possibly, another halted.

I love the game of cricket. But sometimes, it can be cruel. It has possibly traumatised one young player. And taken the life of another. Unfortunately, the game has lost a player who had the potential to make it as one of the greats.

Phil Hughes, yours was a life tragically cut short. We didn’t get to see the genius you were. We didn’t get to see you possibly captain Australia one day. But what about you? Did you have dreams? Dreams to captain Australia? Dreams to get married perhaps? Or have children? Dreams to spend Christmases and birthdays with your family and your friends?

It’s a reminder how short life can be. How a sport we enjoy can be dangerous. How quickly a life can be taken away.

And all we are left with is a question: Why?

Image Source: Cricket Australia

Image Source: Cricket Australia

Rest in peace Hughesy. You were a fighter, a terrific one.

Until next time,

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  • Trish
    November 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Just so tragic , Phil’s death much like the young female jockeys who recently passed away in their prime – rare, freakish and unpredictable .

    I’m so sorry for everyone involved. A lovely tribute.
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  • Trish
    November 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Just so tragic , Phil’s death much like the young female jockeys who recently passed away in their prime – rare, freakish and unpredictable .

    I’m so sorry for everyone involved. A lovely tribute.
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  • Trish
    November 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Just so tragic , Phil’s death much like the young female jockeys who recently passed away in their prime – rare, freakish and unpredictable .

    I’m so sorry for everyone involved. A lovely tribute.
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    November 28, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    It’s terribly sad, however I can’t help feeling for all the other families that have lost a loved one (especially if they were only young) in the last few days, hearing all about Hughesy would be hard – doesn’t their loved one deserve all the media attention too? Isn’t their grief just as important? (Sorry, speaking from experience here – the week of mum’s death was the week 11 people lost their lives in a housefire here in Brisbane …)
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    November 28, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    It’s terribly sad, however I can’t help feeling for all the other families that have lost a loved one (especially if they were only young) in the last few days, hearing all about Hughesy would be hard – doesn’t their loved one deserve all the media attention too? Isn’t their grief just as important? (Sorry, speaking from experience here – the week of mum’s death was the week 11 people lost their lives in a housefire here in Brisbane …)
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  • Hugzilla
    November 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Love this Sanch and shared it on the ‘Zilla FB page because it sums up my thoughts much more eloquently than I could. It was so nice to see so many past and present players rallying around Phil at the hospital. Says a lot I think.
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  • Hugzilla
    November 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Love this Sanch and shared it on the ‘Zilla FB page because it sums up my thoughts much more eloquently than I could. It was so nice to see so many past and present players rallying around Phil at the hospital. Says a lot I think.
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  • Hugzilla
    November 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Love this Sanch and shared it on the ‘Zilla FB page because it sums up my thoughts much more eloquently than I could. It was so nice to see so many past and present players rallying around Phil at the hospital. Says a lot I think.
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  • Shilpa Garg
    November 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    This is indeed so very unfortunate! May he rest in peace! And God bless his family and Sean Abbot too!
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  • Shilpa Garg
    November 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    This is indeed so very unfortunate! May he rest in peace! And God bless his family and Sean Abbot too!
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  • Shilpa Garg
    November 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    This is indeed so very unfortunate! May he rest in peace! And God bless his family and Sean Abbot too!
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  • Mi
    November 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Very unfortunated. Taken away too soon.. Life is very unpredictable! Imagine the plight of the bowler who delivered this ball! :/
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  • Mi
    November 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Very unfortunated. Taken away too soon.. Life is very unpredictable! Imagine the plight of the bowler who delivered this ball! :/
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  • Mi
    November 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Very unfortunated. Taken away too soon.. Life is very unpredictable! Imagine the plight of the bowler who delivered this ball! :/
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  • Mi
    November 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Very unfortunate. Taken away too soon.. Life is very unpredictable! Imagine the plight of the bowler who delivered this ball! :/

  • Mi
    November 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Very unfortunate. Taken away too soon.. Life is very unpredictable! Imagine the plight of the bowler who delivered this ball! :/

  • Mi
    November 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Very unfortunate. Taken away too soon.. Life is very unpredictable! Imagine the plight of the bowler who delivered this ball! :/

  • J.Gi Federizo
    November 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Tragic…Never knew him personally or otherwise, but the story is tragic…RIP Phil. And my condolences to those who love him, be they family, friends or fans.

  • J.Gi Federizo
    November 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Tragic…Never knew him personally or otherwise, but the story is tragic…RIP Phil. And my condolences to those who love him, be they family, friends or fans.

  • J.Gi Federizo
    November 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Tragic…Never knew him personally or otherwise, but the story is tragic…RIP Phil. And my condolences to those who love him, be they family, friends or fans.

  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    November 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Such a terrible shame to see any young person pass like this. Any person, really. You’ve written a beautiful tribute here Sanch xx
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    November 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Such a terrible shame to see any young person pass like this. Any person, really. You’ve written a beautiful tribute here Sanch xx
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  • nabanita
    November 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    This is so sad…. So unfair that a life has been lost so early on and in this way too…
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  • nabanita
    November 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    This is so sad…. So unfair that a life has been lost so early on and in this way too…
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  • obsessivemom
    November 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Very very unfortunate. Terribly sad for everyone. I feel for that bowler too. How will he ever forgive himself even though he wasn’t at fault.
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  • obsessivemom
    November 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Very very unfortunate. Terribly sad for everyone. I feel for that bowler too. How will he ever forgive himself even though he wasn’t at fault.
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  • elly stornebrink
    November 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    So sorry to hear about this Sanch. Such a freakish accident with such consequences for both Phil and Sean. Peace be to them as well as their loved ones. <3
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  • elly stornebrink
    November 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    So sorry to hear about this Sanch. Such a freakish accident with such consequences for both Phil and Sean. Peace be to them as well as their loved ones. <3
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