25-year-old South Australian batsman Hughes passed away on Thursday after succumbing to injuries he endured from a bouncer at the SCG on Tuesday. Hughes, who was pushing for a Test recall against India in Brisbane next week, was knocked out after the ball made impact under his helmet, behind his left ear.
The statement said that it's been a very difficult few days, adding that they appreciate all the support they have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public, Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Clarke also revealed through Hughes's family's statement that cricket was the deceased batsman's life, and they as a family shared that love of the game with him.
The statement also said that they would like to thank all of the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent's Hospital, and cricket NSW medical staff for their great efforts with Hughes.