Minister Leon Bignell Minister for Recreation and Sport released this statement a short time ago:-
“All South Australians would be shocked to learn of the passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes.
On behalf of the South Australian Government, our thoughts are with his family and friends, the South Australian Cricket Association and players, the New South Wales Sheffield Shield team, and cricket fans throughout the nation.
Since moving to Adelaide in 2012, Phil had become an important and popular member of the South Australian Sheffield Shield, one-day and T20 teams.
His committed and determined efforts to force his way back into the Australian Test team saw him win great respect locally and around the country. It was in his character to fight back when the chips were down.
Phil was a remarkable talent.
Just 25 years of age, Phil had played 26 tests, making three centuries – including back-to-back centuries in only his second test. He was the youngest player to achieve this.
He played 114 first class matches, scoring more than 9,000 runs at an average of 46.5.
South Australia has lost a great ambassador for cricket and the state.”