Brisbane Test delayed following death of Phillip Hughes

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The first Test match between Australia and India, due to begin at the Gabba in Brisbane on December 4, has been delayed following the death of Australia's Phillip Hughes.

The batsman died on November 27 after being struck in the neck by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match, while batting on 63 for South Australia.

The 25-year-old's death has sent shockwaves throughout the cricketing world, and his funeral will be held on December 3 in his hometown of Macksville, New South Wales. It will also be broadcast live on television and radio.

"These are extraordinary circumstances and we simply couldn't or wouldn't expect our players to be emotionally ready to start a Test match the day after farewelling one of their teammates," said James Sutherland, chief executive of Cricket Australia.

While reports suggested that Hughes's family wished the match to go ahead as scheduled, there were concerns that the team would not be emotionally ready for the fixture.

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Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting said: ""Even if the boys think they can play it would be a miracle if they find the right frame of mind needed for five days of cricket."

A decision on when the match will be played has not yet been made, but significant schedule changes can be expected with the second Test in Adelaide due to start on December 12.


Australian captain Michael Clarke has also announced the retirement of Hughes's number 64 one-day shirt.

In an emotional press conference, Clarke told reporters that he had asked Cricket Australia if the shirt could be retired, to which they agreed.

In a mark of respect, a minute's silence was held before the start of England's second one-day international against Sri Lanka. Black armbands have also been worn by players in the second Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan in Sharjah. 

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