Australian skipper Michael Clarke wrote a moving birthday tribute to Phillip Hughes on Sunday, addressing him the brother he never had as players continued to mourn over his demise.

Phillip Hughes died as was knocked insentient by a bouncer while batting at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a domestic match. He would have celebrated his 26th birthday on Sunday. India’s first Test match against Australia, which was due to start on Thursday in Brisbane, has been delayed with no new date yet rescheduled.

Michael Clarke told he is struggling to grasp how this tragedy could happen to one gentlemen and cricketer of life’s true characters. He got many cricketing achievements of which there were many and many achievements were yet to come, really play second twiddle to the human qualities that he manifested clearly. Clarke wrote in a newspaper that “Loyal to a fault, eternally optimistic, kind-hearted, wicked sense of humor, a child-like verve for life… I really could go on and on.”

Clarke wrote down of how he was immediately drawn to Phillip Hughes when the gifted cricketer then he was only 17, moved to Sydney from his native town of Macksville to play for his club Western Suburbs. He added that he  does not think in twelve years of playing cricket at the higher level he has ever come across a more faithful or liberal teammate. He does not his own brother, but he is very proud to have called Phillip his brother. He is a better man for having known him.

Cricket Australia (CA) has said rescheduling of any Tests match in the 4 match series would be done in full discussion with the teammates, the Indian Board, the International Cricket Council and broadcasters. Local media told the start of the Brisbane Test could be detained by one or two days to give teammates some room to lament after Phillip Hughes’ burial on Wednesday at Macksville in northern New South Wales. The second Test in Adelaide, Phillip Hughes’ embraced home, could be recast as the starting match of the series, the local Sydney reported.

Michael Clarke also took to twitter to pay tribute to his little brother. Here are few of his tweets.

 

 

 

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