Hughes to be honored with state memorial
By Nick Mulvenney
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died on Thursday after being hit in the head by a ball, will be honored with a state memorial service.
The service will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground next week, the same stadium where he suffered the horrific injury on Tuesday.
State memorials are normally reserved for political figures but the New South Wales Premier Mike Baird announced on Friday that Hughes, whose death has triggered a global outpouring of grief would also be afforded the honor.
"This service has been arranged in consultation with Phillip's family, and it will be an opportunity for the entire community to pay their respects to a much-loved Australian and New South Welshman," Baird said in a statement.
Hughes' death dominated Australia's major newspapers on Friday, with somber eulogies for the boy raised on a banana plantation whose life ended three days before his 26th birthday.
"Nation shares the agony of an innings cut short," The Australian's front-page headline read above a picture of Hughes gazing above with an Australian flag in the background.
Sydney's Daily Telegraph blacked out its entire back page, except for a picture of Hughes, in his honor.
Government flags were at half-mast across the cricket-mad country and floral tributes were placed outside the entrance to the SCG. Continued...