Dressing room will never be same without Hughes: Clarke

Updated - November 17, 2021 11:06 am IST

Published - November 29, 2014 10:33 am IST - Sydney

Australian captain Michael Clarke during the media conference at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on November 29.

Australian captain Michael Clarke during the media conference at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on November 29.

Captain Michael Clarke on Saturday said the Australian dressing room will never be the same without Phillip Hughes, who had a “cheeky grin” and “twinkle in his eye”.

“Words cannot express the loss we all feel as a team right now,” Clarke said in a statement on behalf of the Australian team.

“To Greg, Virginia, Jason and Megan, we share in the deep pain that you’re feeling.”

Clarke shared how passionate Hughes was for the game of cricket.

“Apart from when he was home on the farm with his beloved cattle, Hughesy was at his happiest playing cricket for his country with his mates. Things were always put into perspective when Hughesy said, ‘Where else would you rather be boys but playing cricket for your country?’

“We are going to miss that cheeky grin and that twinkle in his eye. He epitomised what the baggy green is about and what it means to us all,” he said.

Clarke also said that Cricket Australia has agreed to his request to retire Hughes’ ODI jersey shirt number 64.

“It means so much. His legacy of trying to improve each and every day will drive us for the rest of our lives. We’d like to thank everyone, both here and overseas, for the touching tributes to Hughesy in recent days. Our dressing room will never be the same. We loved him and always will. Rest in Peace, Brussy,” he concluded.

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