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Phil Hughes. Little Aussie Battler

27 Nov

Phil HughesWhile those of us in the tennis industry sometimes get carried away and talk about tennis as our national sport, and as Tennis Australia will tell you on every piece of collateral that comes out of Melbourne Park – “Tennis – Australia’s Favourite” , ┬áthe simple fact is Cricket in this sports-mad nation – is, was, and probably always will be “Australia’s favourite game”. Look at the out pouring of grief over little Aussie battler Phil Hughes. Hughes, just 25 years of age, was struck on the back of the head by a fast ball on Tuesday, fell to the ground, and despite surgery and an induced coma, died. The country is in mourning. Loss. Young talent, gone. While playing the game he loved. Phil Hughes hailed from a banana and cattle property in Macksville – population 2,000. A country boy, who grew up in the rough and tumble farming community. He hit cricket balls dangling from a sock on the farmhouse veranda, and played mock “test” matches with his brother in the paddock by the house until night fell. He was a tough nut. Loved rugby league and had a penchant for tackling boys twice his size – just as well because he was small in stature. A tough, pesky left-handed batsmen from the sticks who relied on his reflexes and instinct to score. And score he did. He was a prolific run gatherer – so much so that his form demanded he be selected for the national team. Hughes became an Australian test cricketer at the tender age of 19. A proud moment – for Hughes and for his hometown. The local pub got behind him – free drinks for as long as Hughes was in batting. Poor bloke almost went broke as Phil Hughes, in his second test, slayed the hostile South African attack to centuries in both innings of the match. Hughes had arrived. All who knew Hughes describe his “boy from the bush”┬ánature, his love for the game, his street smarts, his ability to light up a locker room, his work ethic, but over and above all: his courage. He was the ultimate Aussie battler, the Little Lleyton, the Phar Lap, the Lionel Rose. Phil Hughes didn’t know how to take a backward step. The PRO