The Australian players have prepared for an emotional return to the Sydney Cricket Ground prior to the fourth Test against India, the Sydney Cricket and the Sports Ground Trust has planned to unveil a bronze plaque in memory of Phillip Hughes. Hughes had an unfortunate injury in the cricket pitch which did cost him his life and it was one of the most mournful incidents of the past year which took the entire cricket world in shock.
And all this happened in this particular ground and thus such a gesture is planned.
In a series of such commemorative gestures in the final match of the series which starts on the 6th January, the ground will have a plaque featuring a small bust of Hughes placed on the front. The plaque will include the details of Hughes’ career at the Sydney Cricket Ground where he made his first-class debut in the year 2007 for the New South Wales and played his first test on Australian soil against Pakistan in 2010.
Sixty three bats, which are individually etched with images from Hughes’ career will also be affixed to the outside upper tier of the members’ stand. The number has a significance. Hughes was unbeaten at the score of 63 runs when he was struck with the bouncer that led to the fatal injury.
There will also be an exhibition in the SCG museum which will feature some of the tributes the public made to Hughes.
The chief executive of the Australian Cricketers Association, Alastair Nicholson acknowledges Australia’s return to the SCG will be pretty difficult. He said that having won the series has definitely helped some of that, but no doubt there are going to be some challenging moments returning to the SCG.
He also said that playing at the SCG will be another gesture for honouring Hughes’ memory.
The Australians are already leading the 4-match series by a margin of 2-0 after the 3 tests and thus they have already reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar trophy but SCG will be a different ball game for sure and the Coach, Darren Lehmann is not sure how Steve Smith and his team will cope up to it.