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Australia Prepare Phil Hughes Tribute

Phillip Hughes' caps displayed at his funeral service
Australia and India will pay tribute to Phillip Hughes before the start of the Adelaide Test
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Cricket Australia (CA) have revealed the details of how the national team will pay tribute to Phillip Hughes ahead of the opening Test against India, which begins in Adelaide on Tuesday (9th December).

Hughes died last week after being struck in the head by a cricket during a Sheffield Shield match and was buried in Macksville, his home town, earlier this week.

To mark his passing, the Australian players will all wear his Test cap number (408) on their playing shirts and will also wear black armbands.

The number 408 will be painted on the Adelaide Oval outfield and before play begins, both Australia and India will watch a video tribute, narrated by Richie Benaud.

Both teams and spectators will then stand for 63 seconds of applause in Hughes' memory, recognising his final unbeaten score.

Following his death, the start of the Test series was delayed and Adelaide, due originally to host the second Test, now hosts the opening match.

"This is an opportunity for those that embraced him so fondly to say goodbye," CA Chief Executive James Sutherland said.

"We hope that followers of the game will make their way to Adelaide Oval to pay tribute to Phillip and support the Australian team at a difficult time."

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