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Phillip Hughes: Funeral Held For Cricket Star

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A funeral service for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes is about to begin in his hometown of Macksville, New South Wales - reported the SkyNews.

The 25-year-old batsmen died in hospital in Sydney last week after he was hit on the back of the neck by a cricket ball during New South Wales' first-class match against South Australia.

He had scored 63 runs when he was hit by a short ball from bowler Sean Abbott and was wearing a helmet at the time.

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke was set to act as a pallbearer for his close friend during the service.

On Saturday, Clarke paid an emotional tribute to his teammate and announced that Hughes' one-day international shirt number 64 would be retired.

He said: "Words cannot express the loss we all feel as a team right now.

"His legacy of trying to improve each and every day will drive us for the rest of our lives. Our dressing room will never be the same, we loved him and always will."

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