Nine years ago, on this day (27 November) in 2014, the cricketing world was plunged into sorrow as the promising Australian cricketer, Phillip Hughes, bid an untimely farewell to the world after facing a life-taking injury during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The unfortunate incident occurred when Hughes was batting at 63 not out, and a deadly bouncer struck him below his ear, ultimately claiming his life. Today, on the ninth anniversary of that tragic day, Australian cricketers took to social media to pay heartfelt tributes to their fallen mate, remembering the young talent whose impact extended far beyond the cricket field.

Remembering Phillip Hughes

Hughes, who played 26 Tests, 25 ODIs, and a T20I for Australia, left an indelible mark on the sport. His untimely demise at just 25 years old sent shockwaves through the cricketing community, and his funeral saw many Australian cricketers in attendance, visibly moved and grief-stricken.

In a touching gesture after his demise, Hughes was named “the 13th man” for the Australian during the first Test against India in December, with his test cap number “408” sewn under the badge of all Australian players and painted on the field. The match began with 63 seconds of applause, honouring the innings Hughes couldn’t complete.

Heartfelt tributes from Australian cricketers

On the ninth anniversary of Hughes’ passing, several Australian cricketers shared poignant messages and memories on Instagram.

David Warner’s emotional tribute

David Warner, in a poignant display, shared a picture with Hughes, writing, “#408 miss you brass.”.

David Warner's Instagram story
David Warner’s Instagram story

Steve Smith’s lighthearted remembrance

Steve Smith, reflecting on the camaraderie they shared, posted a lighthearted picture, saying, “9 years, I miss you bruz, 408.”

Steve Smith's Instagram story
Steve Smith’s Instagram story

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Michael Clarke’s simple yet powerful message

Michael Clarke, the legendary Australian captain, paid his respects with a simple yet powerful message, “408, thinking of you always.”

Michael Clarke's Instagram story
Michael Clarke’s Instagram story

Mitchell Johnson’s heartfelt picture

Mitchell Johnson chose to remember Hughes through a heartfelt picture on his Instagram story.

Mitchell Johnson's Instagram story
Mitchell Johnson’s Instagram story

Aaron Finch’s celebration of life

Aaron Finch, opting for a celebration of Hughes’ life, shared a symbolic image of glass with the caption “Vodka redbull! #408”, accompanied by a heart emoji.

Aaron Finch's Instagram story
Aaron Finch’s Instagram story

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