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Australian players pay tribute to Phil Hughes on 3rd death anniversary

November 27, 2017 17:32 IST

The Barmy Army, also paid homage to the late left-hander by chanting "There's only one Phillip Hughes" to the tune of 'Winter Wonderland' during the opening session of the fifth day of the match.

A tribute to Phil Hughes in 2014

The Australian cricket team on Monday paid tribute to late opener Phillip Hughes on his third death anniversary.

Remembering their former teammate, the Australian players wore black armbands on the final day of the opening Ashes Test, which the hosts won by 10 wickets against England at the Gabba, Brisbane.

Meanwhile, during Australia's second innings in Brisbane, opener David Warner looked up to the sky after he reached 63 not out, which was also Hughes's score when he was tragically hit in the head while batting in a Sheffield Shield game in 2014.

The Barmy Army, also paid homage to the late left-hander by chanting "There's only one Phillip Hughes" to the tune of 'Winter Wonderland' during the opening session of the fifth day of the match.

The Australian cricketers took to their social media handles to pay tribute to Hughes.

Right-hand batsman Glenn Maxwell, who has recently smashed 278 at a strike rate of 87.42 in Sheffield Shield game, tweeted "Big day for @CricketAus to go 1-0 up in the Ashes, 3 years on after Phil passed away. Always in our hearts and minds Hughesy. #RIP #408."

Former fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who had also played alongside Hughes for the national cricket team, posted on Twitter: "Miss you bro 408 always with us".

"3 years have passed and I'm still missing you bro #408," said Captain Steve Smith on the micro-blogging site.

Hughes was the 408th player to represent the national side in Test cricket and had played 26 Test matches during his career, which ended untimely.

Right-arm fast bowler and Hughes's close friend Peter Siddle also remembered him.

"This time of the year is always the hardest. We will always miss you brazzy! #408," tweeted Siddle.

While Former wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist tweeted "3 years. RIP Phil Hughes."

Hughes was struck on the back of the neck by a bouncer while batting for the West End Redbacks in a Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014.

Two days later, the 25-year-old South Australian batsman died in the hospital as a result of a traumatic basal subarachnoid haemorrhage caused by the blow.

IMAGE: A tribute to Phil Hughes in 2014 (Image used for representational purposes)

Photograph: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Source: ANI