Hampshire have paid tribute to Phil Hughes after the Australian batsman’s tragic death.
(Video shows deputy sports editor Rob Atkins talking about the reaction at Hampshire to Phil Hughes’ death, and the implications on safety in cricket)
It was announced that the 25-year-old died as a result of the injuries he sustained earlier this week when struck by a bouncer while batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield clash.
He never regained consciousness after the incident.
Hampshire chairman, Rod Bransgrove, led the tributes to a batsman who was at the club for a short spell in 2010 but made a big impression during his time at the Ageas Bowl.
Bransgrove said: ‘I cannot begin to comprehend the loss of a talented, ebullient and lovely lad.
‘In the Australia dressing room after the international t20 at the Ageas Bowl in 2013, Hughesy said to me that after Shane Warne, Simon Katich, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke he felt like Hampshire’s forgotten Aussie.
‘I told him then, and I say it again now, you will never be forgotten Hughesy – you are part of our family. Rest in peace buddy.’
Several Hampshire players have also joined the tributes via Twitter.
James Vince said: ‘Absolutely devastating news. Such a talented player and a great guy. #RIPPhillipHughes’
Liam Dawson said: ‘Life just isn’t fair. Such sad news about Phil Hughes. Thoughts and prayers go to his poor family at this horrific time for them.’
As a mark of respect, today’s scheduled 2015 county cricket fixtures announcement has been postponed.