State funeral for cricketer Phil Hughes called off
Rising test star Hughes, 25, died on November 27, two days after being struck by a short-pitched ball during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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More than 5,000 people, including former Australia team-mates and players from around the world, attended a funeral service in Hughes’ home town of Macksville on Wednesday.
New South Wales planned a funeral to honour Hughes’ contribution to cricket in his home state, but Mr Baird said the ceremony had been cancelled after consultation with Hughes’ family and Cricket Australia.
In a statement, Mr Baird said: “All parties felt that given the enormous outpouring of support at last Wednesday’s funeral, that a state memorial service would no longer need to be held.”
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