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The order of service is seen inside the Macksville High School Stadium ahead of the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes Phillip Hughes casket arrives ahead of the Funeral Service on in Macksville, Australia Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke (R) arrives with Michael Brown, working on behalf of Cricket Australia A condolence book at a remembrance ceremony for the late Australian cricket player Phillip Hughes in his hometown Macksville
Australia’s PM Tony Abbott is to join thousands of mourners at the funeral of cricketer Phillip Hughes who died from bleeding on the brain last Thursday.
The 25-year-old was hit on the base of the skull by a rising ball while playing a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
His death from a freak on-field injury has shaken the sport and triggered an outpouring of grief in Australia and beyond.
The tragic death stunned Australia, where cricket is considered the national game.
The upcoming India Test series has been rescheduled as a result of his untimely death.
Fans around the world placed cricket bats outside their front doors as a mark of respect.
In Hughes’ hometown of Macksville, on Australia’s east coast, tributes to the opener who scored three centuries in 26 Tests hang in shop windows.
Ribbons in the green and gold colours of the Australian Test team adorn telephone poles in Macksville.
Macksville itself, home to a population of just 2,500, is bracing for the funeral which will be attended by cricket luminaries.
Shane Warne, Brian Lara, Richard Hadlee, Virat Kohli and Hughes’ first Test skipper Ricky Ponting will be in attendance.