Phillip Hughes © Getty Images
Phillip Hughes was just 25 when he died © Getty Images

Dec 14, 2014

As a tribute to Phillip Hughes, who recently died after being hit by a Sean Abbott bouncer, Australia have included him  as the 13th man. Hughes’ death has shocked and saddened the whole cricket community, especially the Australian team, who seem to be most affected. All the players will also wear Hughes’ No 408 in his memory.

“It’s really special, to make his family and Phil very proud. I’m certainly proud to be able to wear that number,”, Mitchell Johnson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

Hughes’ death will not affect Australia’s decision to bowl short balls. “We have got to play the way we have been playing and that has been aggressive … if that is bowling the short ball like we have been, then that will be what we do. The vibe is good, everyone is keen to get out there and play some cricket now. We have got to wait and see how we feel when we get out there, everybody will feel a little bit different.”, he added.