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Hughes to be honoured with State memorial service at SCG

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November 28, 2014 15:52 IST
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A signboard at St Patricks Primary School displays a message in memory of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes in his hometown Macksville, Australia

A signboard at St Patrick's Primary School displays a message in memory of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes in his hometown, Macksville. Hughes was an alumnus of the school. Photograph: Joosep Martinson/Getty Images

Cricket Australia and Cricket New South Wales have supported NSW Premier Mike Baird's announcement of a State Memorial Service for Phillip Hughes, who passed away on Thursday.

"We would like to thank the Premier for his decision to grant a State Memorial Service for Phillip, and for putting the Hughes family's views first in offering such a service to the family," said Cricket Australia Chief Executive officer James Sutherland in a statement on Friday.

"As the Premier outlined, it will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground and as such will be an opportunity for the entire community to pay tribute to a much-loved Australian.

"The SCG is a place that Phillip cherished so dearly, and it is a ground where Phillip provided cricket fans from around the world with so much joy," he added.

Cricket NSW Chief Executive officer Andrew Jones said it was important to come together and remember Hughes.

"It's important for the community to be able to come together as one to remember Phillip, and we thank the Premier for continuing his staunch support of cricket in NSW and giving us the ability to host this service here in Sydney.

"Phillip made his first class debut at the SCG and we believe this is a fitting way to celebrate his life," Jones said.

A date for the service and other details will be decided in due course.

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