Sydney: Paying an emotional tribute to Phillip Hughes, captain Michael Clarke on Saturday said the Australian dressing room will never be the same without their teammate, who had a "cheeky grin" and "twinkle in his eye". "Our dressing room will never be the same. We loved him and always will. Rest in Peace.
Michael Clarke gets emotional while reading a statement in Sydney on Saturday. Pic:AP/PTI
"Words cannot express the loss we all feel as a team right now," Clarke said in a statement on behalf of the Australian team. Clarke shared how passionate Hughes was for the game. "Apart from when he was home on the farm with his beloved cattle, Hughesy was at his happiest playing cricket for his country with his mates.
Things were always put into perspective when Hughesy said, 'Where else would you rather be boys but playing cricket for your country?' We are going to miss that cheeky grin and that twinkle in his eye. He epitomised what the baggy green is about and what it means to us all," he said.