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India hold closed training session wearing black arm-band

Team India's practice session

Adelaide, Nov 28 (PTI) The Indian cricket team today held a closed training session at the net facilities of Adelaide Oval, a day after their two-day warm-up game here was scrapped following the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.

Hughes, 25, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Sydney where he was battling for life after being hit by a bouncer from Sean Abbott during a domestic match between South Australia and New South Wales on Tuesday.

To honour the Australian batsman, the Indian team did not use the main ground at Adelaide Oval and each and every single member of the visiting contingent sported a black arm-band as a mark of respect for the departed cricketer.

South Australia Cricket Association, meanwhile, laid out his cap, jersey and bat at the centre-wicket of the ground in Hughes’ memory.

Later the association’s CEO Keith Bradshaw held a press conference in which he thanked everyone for the warm wishes received for Hughes and his family in this tough hour.

“I would like to send our love and support for the Hughes family in these troubled times. There really are no words that we can use to express our feelings of hurt and sadness at the moment. We would like to thank everyone who was with us in the support and care of Phillip Hughes,” he said.

“Phillip was loved by us all. He was loved by everyone. He was a remarkable talent and a remarkable person. In the short time he was with us here at South Australia, he attended many coaching clinics for our children. He had a real passion for doing that and the children loved him and he will remain a hero in their minds forever,” he said.

He also pointed out that Hughes’ South Australia team-mates are devastated and shattered.

Many of Hughes’ international team-mates were involved in that ill-fated South Australia versus New South Wales match and are grieving the loss of their teammate.

Cricket Australia, too, has given their players all the space needed. The first Test of the four-match series against India at Brisbane is scheduled to be held on December 4.

In a press conference on Friday morning held in Sydney, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland pointed out that ‘the Test is a million miles away’.

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