The life and career of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes was tragically cut short when he died on Thursday as a result of the injury he received from a blow to the head and neck while batting in a match on Tuesday.
At just 25 years of age, Hughes was regarded as one of the most talented players in world cricket. He had already tallied up an impressive record in Tests, ODIs and 1st Class games.
Although he made his 1st Class debut with NSW at the age of 18, it was widely presumed that he was still just at the beginning of what was thought would be a long and illustrious international career.
At 19 he became the youngest player to score a century in a Sheffield Shield final.
Phil Hughes and his unique, some would say unorthodox, batting style came to international prominence at the age of 20 when he scored centuries in both innings of his second Test match, against South Africa in 2009 (in his first ever Test innings, the week before, he was out for a duck). He is the youngest player ever to do so. The first of the two tons he brought up with audacious back-to-back 6s.
In January 2013, Hughes became the first Australian to score a century on his ODI debut.
Phil Hughes had been in and out of the Australian team in recent years. However, it was a commonly held view amongst coaches and fellow players that his talent was so immense that he would eventually cement his place in the national team.
On Tuesday he was playing for South Australia against his original state side NSW, a team full of close friends, in what would sadly be his final innings when he was struck on the head by a bouncer. He was on 63, well on the way to another ton.
Phillip Hughes cricket career in numbers
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IMAGE: Australian batsman Phillip Hughes raises his helmet and bat as he celebrates after hitting his maiden Test century, on March 6, 2009 against South Africa at Kingsmead stadium in Durban. He went on to score another century in his the seconding innings. Phil Hughes died on Thursday, 27 November 2014 two days after being injured during a cricket match, a ball striking his head/neck area. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)