Phillip Hughes, born on November 30, 1988, in New South Wales, tragically passed away on November 27, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. His life’s innings lasted 25 years and 362 days, and he sadly left us just three days before his birthday. One can imagine that he celebrated his birthday in heaven, perhaps with the great players of cricket, with Sir Don Bradman as the chief guest.
The memory of Phillip Hughes lives on, not only in the hearts of those who knew him but also on cricket grounds around the world. His legacy endures in Sydney, Sharjah, Dubai, Lord’s, and many more places where he showcased his talent and passion for the game.
Phillip Hughes played 26 Test matches for Australia, accumulating 1535 runs in 49 innings with an average of 32.65. His highest score in a Test match innings was 160.
In 25 One Day Internationals (ODIs), he batted 24 times, scoring 826 runs with an average of 35.91. His highest score in ODIs was 138.
On this memorable day, let’s reflect on some of the memories from Phillip Hughes’ final innings:
Phillip Hughes’ Last T20
Phillip Hughes played his first and last T20 match against Pakistan on October 5, 2014, at Dubai Cricket International Cricket Stadium. Australia won the match by six wickets. In his final T20 innings, Phillip Hughes was the last batsman to be dismissed. He scored 6 runs off six balls before being caught by Sohaib Maqsood on the delivery of Wahab Riaz.
Phillip Hughes’ Last ODI
In his last ODI, played on October 12, 2014, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, Phillip Hughes scored 5 runs before being dismissed. Australia won the match by just one run, and Hughes’ final partnership was with SPD Smith, adding 19 runs.
Phillip Hughes’ Last Match Against a Foreign Team
His final match against a foreign team was against Pakistan A at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, played from October 15 to 18, 2014. Phillip Hughes scored 14 runs in the first innings and 65 runs in the second innings. Unfortunately, Australia lost the match.
Phillip Hughes’ Last Test Match
Phillip Hughes’ last Test match was against England at Lord’s, played from July 18 to July 21, 2013, during the Ashes series. He scored a single run in the first innings and 1 run in the second innings. England won the match by 347 runs.
Phillip Hughes’ Last Completed First-Class Match
His last completed first-class match was against Victoria on November 16, 2014. Victoria won the match by an innings and 46 runs. In his final innings, Hughes scored 11 runs.
Phillip Hughes’ Last Match, Last Innings
Tragically, Phillip Hughes played his last innings in his last match against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014. During the innings, he was struck by a bouncer from SA Abbott. He was rushed to the hospital and, sadly, on November 27, 2014, he passed away. At the time of the incident, Phillip Hughes was not out on 63.
His passing was a profound loss to cricket, and his memory lives on. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott paid tribute to him, saying, “A young man living out his dreams.” Flags were lowered to half-mast at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the MCG, and the world mourned the loss of a talented cricketer who left us far too soon.