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Australia bids farewell to cricketer Phillip Hughes' with funeral service in Macksville
Today, cricketer Phillip Hughes' (25) funeral service took place at his hometown Macksville and it was also televised live. The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended the funeral. The noted cricketer Michael Clarke and captain of the Australian team was one of the pallbearers, it is reported.

It was only about a year ago, Hughes had bought a 90 hectares property in Macksville which is now regarded as his hometown.

According to the media reports, several thousand mourners including hundreds of dignitaries attended the funeral service in Macksville. The service took place in the sports hall at local Macksville High School and its two sports ovals.

Australia's cricket team captain Michael Clarke's paid tribute to Hughes at the funeral along with a guard of honour and followed by a public procession.

Furthermore, Hughes' funeral was covered live on television in Australia to watch at home. Several thousand fans attended the public viewings of the funeral service at the SCG, Adelaide Oval, WACA and Bellerive Oval.

Hughes had died on November 27, two days after he received an injury during a Sheffield Shield domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25 while batting on 63 not out. It is said that Hughes' injury was a rare cerebrovascular injury called vertebral artery dissection which led to subarachnoid haemorrhage and his death in comma.

Hughes was an outstanding and much-loved Australian Test and One-Day International cricketer and a left-handed opening batsman who had made his test debut in 2009 at the age of 20.

As a homage to the young and promising batsman, whose life was cut short due to an on-field injury, Cricket Australia has agreed to grant Michael Clarke's wishes to retire Phillip Hughes' One-Day International shirt number and considered Hughes' final innings to be shown as 63 not out, instead of retired hurt. 

Hughes was a close friend of teammates Michael Clarke and David Warner.

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