Jan 5, 2015

A bronze plaque was installed outside the dressing room at the Sydeny Cricket Ground (SCG) in the memory of Phillip Hughes. Hughes was hit by a bouncer by Sean Abbott in a Sheffield Shield match in November 2014, which eventually lead to his death three days later. It will be an emotional game, especially for Australia, who have wrapped up the series already. Australia captain Steven Smith believes that seeing Hughes everytime they walk out to the middle will give them some inspiration and he hopes that he can do the Hughes family proud by playing good cricket. Michale Clarke had earlier announced that Hughes’ family will be in attendance during the fourth and final Test at Sydney.

Newly appointed India captain Virat Kohli believes that it is going to be a strange feeling stepping out to the field knowing that the incident took place at that very ground. He also heaped praise on Australia and his team saying that they have played extremely good cricket so far in the series despite of having Hughes’ death on the back of their minds.

Australia have already sealed the series but will be looking to win the game for Hughes. India on the other hand, will want to begin the post-Dhoni era on a winning note as they try to reduce the deficit. The last Test of the series at SCG will be played from January 6, followed by a Tri-angular series featuring Australia and England later on.