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Published on 27 Nov 2014 | over 3 years ago

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke delivers a statement, on behalf of the family of deceased team-mate Phil Hughes, at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney

Test batsman Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck on the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25.

Cricket Australia called a news conference at St Vincent's Hospital, where Australia captain Clarke read out a statement on behalf of the Hughes family.

"We're devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother Phillip," he said. "It's been a very difficult few days, we appreciate all 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 the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent's Hospital and Cricket New South Wales medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip.

"We love you."

A clearly emotional Clarke then stood up and left the room.

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