What hap­pened was a tragedy

Bray People - - SPORT -

R.I.P. Philip Hughes. I can’t pre­tend I’d heard of him un­til last week. I can’t pre­tend I care about cricket. But what hap­pened to that man was a tragedy.

He may have ful­filled the cliché of dy­ing do­ing what he loved but in this cir­cum­stance, it just makes it all the more tragic.

He should have been adding another 37 runs to reach his cen­tury, not be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal where he would never re­gain con­scious­ness after be­ing struck on the top of the neck by a ball in Syd­ney.

He was only 25. He should’ve cel­e­brated his birth­day on Sun­day. In­stead of plan­ning a birth­day bash, his fam­ily were plan­ning a fu­neral.

It was a freak ac­ci­dent but peo­ple all over the world have al­ready made mon­u­men­tal ef­forts to make sure the New South Wales sports­man will not be for­got­ten.

Aus­tralia cricket team cap­tain Michael Clarke read out a speech on tele­vi­sion in the days fol­low­ing his death and summed up the sit­u­a­tion per­fectly.

But not with his words, with his ac­tions; each word took an age to be spo­ken as he strug­gled to hold back another flood of tears.

But spare a thought also for Sean Ab­bott. The fact that it was a com­plete ac­ci­dent won’t stop that mo­ment from haunt­ing him for­ever.

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