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Ashes 2017: England's Barmy Army pay tribute to Phil Hughes

802   //    27 Nov 2017, 16:37 IST

South Africa v England - Fourth Test: Day One
File photo: England's Barmy Army

Today marks three years to the day since the tragic death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes, who passed away as a result of a tragic freak injury sustained while batting in a Sheffield Shield match in 2014.

Hughes, attempting a hook shot off a bouncer from Sean Abbott, was hit just below the ear and immediately lost consciousness on the pitch, despite the fact that he had been wearing a helmet at the time.

It emerged Hughes had suffered a form of cerebral haemorrhage, and although attempts were made to save him after he was placed in an induced coma, Hughes succumbed to his injuries on this day in 2014. Tributes, led by former Australian skipper Michael Clarke, followed the young star's passing in the days following his death.

England's Barmy Army - a group of superfans of the team, travel to most matches and are well-known for their chants against the Australian side. This time around, however, the Army led the on-field tributes to Philip Hughes in the form of a song to the player, tagging it '63 not out.' Hughes was on strike at 63 runs when he sustained his injury.

The Barmy Army sang the song to the tune of popular Christmas carol 'Winter Wonderland', and although they are more known for their gentle - and sometimes crass - trolling of their rivals, today they showed true sporting spirit - and that the love for the game and respect for its players is above all else.

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