Cricket

Watson using Hughes’ locker in Adelaide Oval

Bats line up in honour of late Australian cricket player Phil Hughes, during the first day of the Test match between Australia and India in Adelaide on Tuesday. Hughes, 25, died on Nov. 27, two days after he was hit in the head by a bouncer during a domestic cricket match.

Bats line up in honour of late Australian cricket player Phil Hughes, during the first day of the Test match between Australia and India in Adelaide on Tuesday. Hughes, 25, died on Nov. 27, two days after he was hit in the head by a bouncer during a domestic cricket match.   | Photo Credit: James Elsby

more-in

Shane Watson was on the field at the Sydney Cricket Ground, when Hughes was felled by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game about two weeks ago, and subsequently died of brain injuries.

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is using the players’ locker formerly meant for Phillip Hughes in the dressing room of Adelaide Oval, the late cricketer’s adopted home that had witnessed a gamut of emotions before the start of the first Test against India on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Watson was one of four Australian players on the field at the Sydney Cricket Ground, when Hughes was felled by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game about two weeks ago, and subsequently died of brain injuries.

As per the allocations of seats inside the dressing room, the experienced Watson is occupying the chair of his once younger Australian teammate, who had made South Australia his home.

Australian captain Michael Clarke is keeping his gear in the locker of Redbacks batsman Tom Cooper, Hughes’ housemate and the man at the other end when tragedy struck on November 25. Having never regained consciousness, Hughes passed away two days later.

Hughes, whose name is still mentioned above the locker at Adelaide Oval, is the 13th man for the first Test and his title appeared on the official team sheet submitted this morning.

His Test number 408 is being worn by all the Australian players, the number placed below the crest on their shirts.

Pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson had said it was important for the team and Hughes’ family that his life was celebrated in appropriate manner.

“It’s really special. His family, I think that would make them very proud,” Johnson had said, adding “I’m very proud to be able to wear that number through this Test. It’s all very special.”

Why you should pay for quality journalism - Click to know more

Related Topics Sport Cricket
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jan 30, 2020 1:46:10 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/sport/cricket/watson-using-hughes-locker-in-adelaide-oval/article6675792.ece

Next Story