RIP Phil Hughes.

So very unlike me to be serious, but I am sitting here trying to figure out how to feel about it all, so I’m going to write it down. Reading today that Phil HughesΒ had passed away, felt like a big kick in the guts. A freak accident and two days later, we’ve lost a fantastic sportsman and young man. I don’t know why it affected me so much and after hearing the news, I just sat there, staring into space.

It was his passion, his attitude towards every element of the game, and the fact that on Sunday, he would have turned the ripe old age of 26. My age.

What he has accomplished by this age is a testament to his character and upbringing and should encourage all young people to get out there and live every moment. I’m definitely guilty of suffering from first world problems, and sweating the small stuff, but moments like this make you sit back and put everything in perspective. Come on, do the same. Smile at someone tomorrow, help out someone carrying a heavy bag, give your seat up to someone who looks tired. Start at the small stuff. Live every moment. He did. We always say we are going to be, but, if nothing else, use this as a kick in the pants to get up and make the most of what you’ve got.

I spoke to a couple of mates after the news broke today and they had the same feelings as me. ‘Devastated’, ‘I feel sick’, ‘just sitting here stunned’, ‘shocked’. He was our age. Seeing ‘1988’ in those images sent shivers down my spine. He was taken from his family so young. Too soon.

On AM radio this evening, Ian Healy rightly said the name of bowler should be ‘whited out’ from the incident. One can only imagine what the poor guy is experiencing at the moment, and having his name everywhere would only make the anguish continue. Couldn’t agree more.

This has been a very weird experience for me. I have never met Phil Hughes. I’ve seen him play but that’s as close as I got to ‘knowing him’. Test tons, test ducks, we went on that roller coaster with him.

I can only imagine what his poor family is going through and I join the rest of our community in sending prayers, condolences and a great big hug to them.

Rest in Peace, Phillip Hughes. You champion. Test match centuries galore and a damn good bloke.

Taken from us too soon.

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