Phil Hughes represented Australia in 26 Tests    Getty Images
Phil Hughes represented Australia in 26 Tests Getty Images

The memories of Phillip Hughes‘ demise are still fresh in the minds of fans. Now, to commemorate the cricketer, a bridge at Macksville, Hughes’ birthplace, has been named after Hughes. The bridge over Nambucca River will henceforth be known as The Phillip Hughes Bridge.

“Phillip Hughes was a role model for young people from the Macksville community as well as the rest of the country for his dedication and determination to succeed. His death had an enormous impact on Australians and cricket fans in particular … this is a fitting tribute to a fine young local who was taken too soon,” quoted Melinda Pavey, New South Wales’ road minister as saying.

The decision has been supported by Hughes’ family and the local community. Many locals took a visit to the bridge ahead of its inauguration. The programme will be held on Monday and will be attended by Hughes family.

Hughes, who made his Australia debut at the age of 20, represented the country in 26 Tests, 25 ODIs and a T20I. He held averages of 32.65 and 35.91 in Tests and ODIs respectively while his First-Class, List-A and domestic T20 careers averaged over 40. He was stuck by a bouncer on his head at SCG and he succumbed to his injuries 3 days before his 26th birthday.