Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott © Getty Images
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (right) called the service “sad, poignant, and beautiful” © Getty Images

Dec 3, 2014

Phillip Hughes’ funeral brought about a number of tributes and remembrances on Twitter from cricketers, sportsmen, fans, and supporters. Hughes passed away mere days before his 26th birthday after being struck by a bouncer on the back of his head while batting. Hughes was pushing for a spot in Australia’s Test team, and was batting on 63 when the incident occurred. His funeral was held in his hometown of Macksville in New South Wales.













Hughes’ funeral was attended by former and current cricketers such as Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath, Virat Kohli, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Shane Warne, Murali Vijay, among others. Sean Abbott, who bowled the bouncer that felled Hughes and who has been receiving counseling as a result, was also in attendance.