Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 7th 2015 Contents SYDNEY---Australia s cricket team
made an emotional return to the Syd-
ney Cricket Ground yesterday, where
former Test batsman Phillip Hughes
was fatally injured during a domestic
match in November.
Five members of Australia s Test
lineup playing on Tuesday---Shane
Watson, Nathan Lyon, Brad Haddin,
David Warner and Mitchell Starc---
were playing in the Sheffield Shield
match between New South Wales and
South Australia when Hughes---playing
for South Australia---was struck in the
head by a short-pitched delivery, and
died two days later in hospital.
The ongoing Test series between
Australia and India had to be resched-
uled to allow players to mourn their
former state and national teammate.
Prior to the start of the fourth Test
against India, a video tribute was played
on screens around the stadium followed
by an on-field oration to celebrate the
short career of the 25 year-old Hugh-
"The tributes put those memories
back in place and seeing that little
smile up on the screen before going
out to bat and singing the national
anthem was quite hard," said Warner.
A permanent memorial plaque for
Hughes was also unveiled in the Mem-
bers Stand at the players entrance to
the arena, along with a display of 63
bats---to mark Hughes score when he
was felled---in the members pavilion
recording key moments of his career.
"I had a tear in my eye this morning
when I walked out to warm up and I
saw Greg (Phil Hughes father) up in
the stands and Megs," said Warner.
"It s fantastic for them to be here. The
hurt and the pain that they ve gone
through and how much it would have
hurt them to come back today."
During play, on reaching his 63rd
run, Warner removed his helmet and
kissed the ground near the spot where
Hughes was fatally injured, when on
63 not out. Warner was fielding nearby
for New South Wales that day and
immediately tried to render assistance
when his close friend collapsed to the
"It s always going to be in the back
of my mind and I m always going to
pay tribute to my little mate," said
"It was in the back of mind the
whole time. I thought it through that
I wanted to pay tribute to my mate
"Every time I play here I will def-
initely be doing that."
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SYDNEY---David Warner scored an
emotional century and shared a 200-
run opening stand with Chris Rogers
as Australia blunted India s bowling
attack yesterday on the first day of
the fourth Test.
Warner smashed 101 and made a
tribute to late teammate Phillip Hughes,
and Rogers compiled an eventful 95 as
the openers went on the attack after
captain Steve Smith won the toss and
chose to bat first at the Sydney Cricket
India received no respite later in the
day as Smith and Shane Watson com-
bined for a 144-run partnership to
guide Australia to 348-2.
The skipper continued his good form
with an effortless 82 not out, including
10 boundaries. Smith leads the scoring
this series with 663 runs, including
two 50s and three centuries.
Warner was in imperious form and
reached his hundred off 108 balls with
a pull shot off Shami for his 16th
boundary of the innings. The diminutive
opener leaped in celebration of his 12th
Test century and third of the series, to
the delight of his Sydney home crowd
of more than 30,000.
Only spinner Ravi Ashwin troubled
the Australian batsmen, regularly prob-
ing outside off stump, and ended the
marathon opening partnership at 200,
when he found the leading edge of
Warner s bat and Murali Vijay took the
catch at gully.
Rogers was bowled next over by
Mohammad Shami for 95---his fifth
consecutive half-century---trying to
flick a delivery to the leg side.
The 37-year-old opener was given
a reprieve on 19 by Rahul, who dropped
an easy chance at second slip off Shami,
giving Virat Kohli a harsh introduction
as India s new Test captain.
Rogers survived again on 90 when
he top edged an Ashwin delivery on to
his helmet but the chance was dropped
by Suresh Raina running backward
Watson also benefited from some
poor Indian fielding with Ashwin drop-
ping a regulation catch off Umesh
Yadav at first slip on the penultimate
ball of the day
"It was a very tough day (but) it s
very important that we pick ourselves
up tonight and try to be as fresh as
possible tomorrow," Ashwin said. "It s
going to be a hard day. If we can keep
them down to (a reasonable score) we
can get back into it."
Prior to the start of play, a short
video tribute was played on big screens
around the SCG followed by an on-
field oration to celebrate the short career
of the 25 year-old Hughes.
Australia has an unassailable 2-0
series lead, and regained the Border-
Gavaskar trophy, with two wins and a
draw in the first three Tests.
puts Aussies in
Australia, SCG pay
tribute to fallen Hughes
Australian teammates pause for a moment at the Sydney Cricket Ground as a photo of their teammate Phil
Hughes appears on a screen during the opening ceremony for their Test match against India in Sydney,
yesterday . Hughes died in November, after he was hit in the head with the ball while playing on the ground.
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