Australian cricketer, Phillip Hughes, who died from injuries he sustained when a cricket ball hit him in the head during a cricket match last week has been buried in Macksville, Australia where he grew up on Thursday.
Australia captain Michael Clarke broke down in tears as he paid tribute to friend and former team-mate at the batsman’s funeral.
His funeral was broadcast live on national television and on big screens in Australia’s major cities.
It was also shown at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where Hughes suffered the fatal injury during a state match last Tuesday.
During the 80-minute service, Clarke said: “Phillip’s spirit, which is now part of our game forever, will act as a custodian of the sport we all love.
“We must listen to it. We must cherish it. We must learn from it. We must dig in and get through to tea. And we must play on.
“So rest in peace my little brother. I will see you out in the middle.”
Around 1,000 people attended the funeral at Macksville High School, which Hughes attended, as thousands more watched on screens in the baking heat outside.
Joining the parents of Hughes, Greg and Virginia, and his siblings, Jason and Megan, were Clarke and Sean Abbott, the bowler whose delivery caused the fatal injury to Hughes.
Former Australia internationals Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Steve Waugh and Justin Langer were also among the mourners.
They were joined by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and cricketing legends from around the world, including former New Zealand all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee and West Indies batsman Brian Lara.