Clarke leads emotional tribute to 'little brother' Hughes at funeral ceremony

Clarke leads emotional tribute to 'little brother' Hughes at funeral ceremony

By: || Updated: 03 Dec 2014 05:38 AM
Sydney: As family, friends, former teammates and cricket greats gathered in thousands at Macksville on Wednesday for late batsman Phillip Hughes' funeral, Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke delivered an emotional and heart-melting tribute to his 'little brother'.

 

Pallbearers carried Hughes' coffin into the venue before ' Forever Young' played over the speakers as the funeral took place in the late batsman's hometown. Hughes passed away, aged 25, last Thursday after a tragic accident at the SCG.

 

Clarke, who was among host of cricket stars in attendance with all of them doing their best to stay composed and fight back the tears, could not contain his emotions as he courageously delivered a tribute to Hughes, News.com.au reported.

 

Clarke said that Hughes would definitely be calling him a 'sook' right now, that's for sure. He explained that he revisited the SCG last week and claimed that Hughes was there with him.

 

The Australian skipper claimed that the way people around the world had come together to show their support in the wake of Hughes' death was the definition of the spirit of cricket. As the tears continued to roll, Clarke said that they must dig in and make it through to tea, adding that they must play on.

 

Hughes' cousin Nino Ramunno also delivered the eulogy on behalf of the family, describing the late batsman as one of a kind while relaying stories of his early childhood in an extended Italian family.

 

In heartbreaking scenes, Hughes' mother Virginia broke down as Ramunno explained how his cousin was a 'mummy's boy' and would call her every day.

 

Hughes' brother Jason then read out a letter he had written to help him express his feelings, saying that he couldn't have asked for a better little brother, adding that from a very young age, Hughes was destined to be a rock star.

 

Hughes' younger sister Megan also showed remarkable strength to speak in front of the packed venue, saying that she is so honoured to call him her brother, best friend and hero.

 

Hughes' close friend Corey Ireland also delivered a tribute, explaining the cattle-loving Hughes was as passionate about the farm as he was about cricket.

 

The notable attendees at Hughes' funeral included Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, opposition leader Bill Shorten, NSW Premier Mike Baird, Australian Test squad, Australian women's cricket team, Shane Warne, Sir Richard Hadlee, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist, Brian Lara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ravi Shastri.

 

The death that stopped a nation 

 

Late Hughes' closest friend delivers most 'touching tribute' to deceased Oz star

 

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