Adelaide: The first anniversary of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes's death was marked with a sombre, low-key observance during the first-ever day-night Test match in Adelaide on Friday.
Spectators pay tribute to the late Phillip Hughes on Day One of the Third Test between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval yesterday. PIC/Getty Images
Hughes, 25, who played 26 Tests, died from bleeding on the brain on November 27 last year after being hit on the base of the skull by a rising ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground during a domestic match.
His death — a freak accident — stunned Australia and the world cricket community, sparking an outpouring of grief. At the request of Hughes’ family, the tributes one year on were kept simple.
Australia and New Zealand players at Adelaide Oval wore black armbands as did Sheffield Shield cricketers. A ceremony was held in Adelaide at 4.08 pm local time during the first break of play — Hughes was the 408th Australian Test cricketer.
The tribute was shown on the big video screen next to Adelaide Oval’s historic manual scoreboard which also bore a reminder of Hughes: a simple sign 'Remembering 408'.