Cricket mourns death of batsman Phillip Hughes - news round-up

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Cricket is mourning the loss of Australian batsmen Philip Hughes, who has died two days after being struck on the head by a ball during a match. The 25-year-old passed away in hospital overnight.

During his career he played for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire, and played for Australia 26 times, scoring three centuries. The batsman was hit in the head by a delivery from bowler Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield match which damaged an artery in his neck.

Hughes was due to celebrate his 26th birthday this weekend. "It's an understatement to say we're completely devastated," said Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland. "The word tragedy gets used too often in sport, but this freak accident is a real life tragedy."

England mix it up for Australia test

Owen Farell has been replaced by Billy Twelvetrees for England’s game against Australia this weekend. Northampton Saints duo Tom wood and Dylan Hartely have also been drafted in as head coach Stuart Lancaster looks to build on last weeks win over Samoa. Courtney Lawes is also back in action.

"t's good to be able to give Billy his first start of the series," said Lancaster. "He took on board the feedback we gave him when he first came into camp and he has worked hard both with us and at Gloucester and deserves his chance.

"Owen is a key part of our squad and I am sure he will make a positive contribution should he get the chance."

Rodgers happy with Liverpool draw

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists that his side showed character in their 2-2 draw in the Champions League against Ludogorets last evening.

The result leaves the Reds needing to beat Basel in their final group game to stand any chance of going through to the knockout stages. They have recorded just one win in their group so far - a dramatic victory over 

The under-fire Liverpool boss said: It is all in our hands going into last game - I can't ask any more than that," said Rodgers after the 2-2 draw. I'm happy to rely on us playing in front of our fans in the final game at Anfield."

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