Michael Clarke with the black arm band for Phil Hughes in his final Test (left), and in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final © Getty Images
Michael Clarke with the black arm band for Phil Hughes in his final Test (left), and in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final © Getty Images

Australian captain Michael Clarke, who will be retiring at the end of the Ashes 2015, on Thursday, wore a black band with the initials ‘P’ and ‘H’ for his ‘little brother’ Phillip Hughes, who passed away late last year in a tragic incident. Hughes was hit on the back of his head while trying to play a stroke off Sean Abbott, and collapsed head-first onto the ground. Two days later, the Australian cricketer passed away in a Sydney hospital. Clarke, for whom Hughes was like a ‘little brother’, received praise from world over for the manner in which he handled the passing of the left-handed cricketer.  LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, Day 1

Clarke has announced that he will be retiring from international cricket at the end of the Ashes 2015, and it was not surprising to see the 34-year-old coming out to bat with the arm band once again.  LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: England vs Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, Day 1

In the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Clarke had wore the same arm band as he honoured the memory of the late cricketer by leading Australia to a win in the final. Clarke scored 74 runs for Australia in a low-scoring final, which they won by 7 wickets. ALSO READ: Michael Clarke confirms black armband was in memory of Phil Hughes after ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final

An emotionally rattled Clarke, who was also battling a hamstring injury, had scored a fine hundred in Australia’s first match after Hughes’ death. It was in Adelaide when Clarke’s men had taken field against India in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2015, and the captain made 128 which he would remember all his life. ALSO READ: Michael Clarke, Kumar Sangakkara— Same day, two legends walk into field for their final test