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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia falls to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia falls to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia falls to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) Phillip Hughes of South Australia is helped by New South Wales players after falling to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) Phillip Hughes of South Australia is helped by New South Wales players after falling to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) Phillip Hughes of South Australia is helped by New South Wales players after falling to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: This sequence of images 459545636, 459545626, 459545640, 459545628, 459545608, 459545620, 459545632, 459545614 shows Phillip Hughes of South Australia as he is struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Hughes has undergone surgery and is in a critical condition. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) Phillip Hughes of South Australia lays on a stretcher after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke reacts during a press conference in Sydney on November 27, 2014 following the announcement of the death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes. Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died on November 27 from a head injury after a sickening on-field blow in one of the highest-profile sporting fatalities since the death of Formula One great Ayrton Senna.AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke (C) arrives for a press conference in Sydney on November 27, 2014 following the announcement of the death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes. Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died on November 27 from a head injury after a sickening on-field blow in one of the highest-profile sporting fatalities since the death of Formula One great Ayrton Senna.AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia is struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia is struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Cricket Australia team doctor Peter Brukner briefs the media outside Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital on November 26, 2014, where Australian batsman Phillip Hughes remains in a critical condition after been felled by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match on November 25. The 25-year-old, who was pressing for a Test recall, was knocked out by a Sean Abbott bouncer in a freak incident at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, crumbling to the ground unconscious after the heavy blow to the lower head. He underwent surgery and was in an induced coma in intensive care at St Vincent's Hospital. AFP PHOTO/WIlliam WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2011 file photo Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes celebrates after scoring a century during the fourth days' play of the third cricket test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, two days after being struck in the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25. (AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena, File)
Australia's Phillip Hughes during a nets session two days before the start of the fourth Ashes series cricket match against England at the Riverside cricket ground, Chester-le-Street, England, Wednesday Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Australia's Phillip Hughes, left, is lbw by England's Graeme Swann during day fiyr of the second Ashes Test at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes plays a shot during the fourth days' play of the third test cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.(AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena)
Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes, left, plays a shot as Sri Lankan wicket keeper Prasanna Jayawardena looks on during the fourth days' play of the third test cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.(AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena)
Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes, right, celebrates after scoring a century as his team mate Ricky Ponting, left, pats him during the fourth days' play of the third test cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.(AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena)
Australia's Phillip Hughes avoids a bouncer from England's Andrew Flintoff on his way to an innings of 36 on the second day of the first cricket test match between England and Australia in Cardiff, Wales, Thursday July 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Australia's Phillip Hughes avoids a bouncer from England's Andrew Flintoff on the second day of the first cricket test match between England and Australia in Cardiff, Wales, Thursday July 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Australia's Phillip Hughes defends his wicket on the second day of the first cricket test match between England and Australia in Cardiff, Wales, Thursday, July 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes celebrates his century on the third day of the second test match against South Africa at Kingsmead stadium in Durban, South Africa, Sunday March 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes watches his shot on the third day of the second test match against South Africa at Kingsmead stadium in Durban, South Africa, Sunday March 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia is struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia is struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: Phillip Hughes of Australia 'A' looks on during the Cricket Australia Quadrangular Series Final match between Australia 'A' and India 'A' at Marrara Oval on August 2, 2014 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: Phillip Hughes of Australia 'A' bats during the Cricket Australia Quadrangular Series Final match between Australia 'A' and India 'A' at Marrara Oval on August 2, 2014 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: Phillip Hughes of Australia 'A' adjusts his helmet during the Cricket Australia Quadrangular Series Final match between Australia 'A' and India 'A' at Marrara Oval on August 2, 2014 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: Cameron White and Phillip Hughes of Australia 'A' walk out to open the innings during the Cricket Australia Quadrangular Series Final match between Australia 'A' and India 'A' at Marrara Oval on August 2, 2014 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 10: Phillip Hughes looks on during an Australian nets session at Centurion Park on February 10, 2014 in Centurion, South Africa. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 11: Phillip Hughes fields the ball during an Australian nets session at Centurion Park on February 11, 2014 in Centurion, South Africa. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 04: Phillip Hughes of the Redbacks plays a cut shot during the Ryobi Cup match between the South Australia Redbacks and the Victoria Bushrangers at Bankstown Oval on October 4, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 6: Phillip Hughes, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell pose with children from local schools as members of the Australia Team take part in the ICC Chance to Shine programme at Edgbaston on June 6, 2013 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - MAY 29: Phillip Hughes of Australia during the Australia Portrait Session at The St David Hotel on May 29, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Christopher Lee-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 04: Phillip Hughes of Australia speaks after being named the Domestic Player of the Year during the 2013 Allan Border Medal awards ceremony at Crown Palladium on February 4, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: Phillip Hughes of Australia edges the ball to Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka during game three of the Commonwealth Bank One Day International Series between Australia and Sri Lanka at The Gabba on January 18, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Phillip Hughes of Australia walks out to bat during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Phillip Hughes of Australia bats during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)
HOBART, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 18: Phillip Hughes of Australia looks on during day five of the First Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Blundstone Arena on December 18, 2012 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
HOBART, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14: Phillip Hughes of Australia speaks to the media after day one of the First Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Blundstone Arena on December 14, 2012 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Phillip Hughes of Australia bats during day one of the Second Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 21: Phillip Hughes of the Redbacks bats during the Ryobi One Day Cup match between the South Australian Redbacks and the Queensland Bulls at Adelaide Oval on October 21, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
Australian batsman Phillip Hughes walks off at the tea break on the third day of the second cricket Test match played at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, on December 11, 2011. IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian paceman James Pattinson (2nd R) is congratulated by teammates Phillip Hughes (2nd L) and Ricky Ponting (R) after dismissing New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor on the fourth day of the first cricket Test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Gabba in Brisbane on December 4, 2011. IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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MACKSVILLE, Australia (AP) - Mourners are converging on this rural town for Wednesday's funeral for Phillip Hughes, with the cricketer's birthplace becoming the focus of a nation's attention.

Australia captain Michael Clarke arrived by helicopter Monday and will act as a pallbearer. The funeral will be attended by past and present cricketers from around the world as well as by politicians and other dignitaries. It will be televised live across Australia.

Hughes' former Australia test teammates will pay their respects. The team has been wracked with grief since the 25-year-old batsman died Thursday, two days after being hit behind the left ear by a short-pitch delivery during a domestic match at Sidney Cricket Ground.

More than 5,000 mourners are expected at the service in Macksville, which has a population of less than 3,000 and where Australia's sports colors of green and gold and large banners adorn stores and buildings around town.

The service will be at the recreation hall of Macksville High School, close to the banana plantation on which Hughes was raised. The Hughes family has invited the whole town to share in a celebration of his life.

On hand will be three former Australian captains and greats Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, Sir Richard Hadlee from New Zealand, India's stand-in captain Virat Kohli, team director Ravi Shastri and coach Duncan Fletcher.

Geographically and emotionally, the Australian players will be far removed from the Adelaide Oval, where the first match of a rescheduled four-test series against India is to begin Dec. 9.

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Gregory Hughes, left, father of Phillip Hughes, helps to carry Phillips's coffin during his funeral in Macksville, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. The funeral for cricketer Phillip Hughes turned into a celebration of his life on Wednesday despite the grief and sorrow still evident from his death. Hughes died last Thursday, aged 25, after being hit near the ear by a ball during a match between South Australia and his former state side New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (AP Photo/Cameron Spencer, Pool)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: The funeral procession heads down Wallace Street Macksville after the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke speaks at the funeral of Phillip Hughes in Macksville, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. The funeral for cricketer Phillip Hughes turned into a celebration of his life on Wednesday despite the grief and sorrow still evident from his death. Hughes died last Thursday, aged 25, after being hit near the ear by a ball during a match between South Australia and his former state side New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (AP Photo/Cameron Spencer, Pool)
Virginia Hughes, center, mother of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, is supported by mourners as they walk behind her son's coffin during his funeral in Macksville, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Hughes died last Thursday, aged 25, after being hit near the ear by a ball during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Pall bearers carry the coffin of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes to the hearse during his funeral in Macksville, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Hughes died last Thursday, aged 25, after being hit near the ear by a ball during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: People gather to watch the funeral service held in Macksville for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 3, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Cricket players and members of the public stand on a guard of honour to the hearse during the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Daniel Munoz - Pool/Getty Images)
Mourners gather for a memorial service at the Sydney Cricket Ground and look at 63 bats with inscriptions detailing the career of cricketer Phillip Hughes in Sydney, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Hughes died last Thursday, two days after he was hit in the head during a domestic cricket match. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
A couple embraces as mourners gather at the Sydney Cricket Ground to watch the funeral for cricketer Phillip Hughes in Sydney, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. The funeral for Hughes turned into a celebration of his life on Wednesday despite the grief and sorrow still evident from his death. Hughes died last Thursday, two days after he was hit in the head during a domestic cricket match when his score was 63, not out. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: People lay flowers at the Randwick End of the SCG prior to the gathering of people to watch the funeral service held in Macksville for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 3, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
Pall bearers from left, Gregory Hughes, Aaron Finch, Corey Ireland and Tom Cooper carry the coffin of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes to the hearse during his funeral in Macksville, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Hughes died last Thursday, aged 25, after being hit near the ear by a ball during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
A woman places flowers as a tribute at Sydney Cricket Ground as mourners gathered to watch on large screens the funeral for cricketer Phillip Hughes in Sydney, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Hughes died last Thursday, two days after he was hit in the head during a domestic cricket match. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Mourners gather for a memorial service at the Sydney Cricket Ground and look at 63 bats with inscriptions detailing the career of cricketer Phillip Hughes in Sydney, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Hughes died last Thursday, two days after he was hit in the head during a domestic cricket match. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
The coffin of Phillip Hughes is carried down the aisle as his mother, Virginia Hughes, second right at bottom, is comforted during his funeral in Macksville, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. The funeral for cricketer Phillip Hughes turned into a celebration of his life on Wednesday despite the grief and sorrow still evident from his death. Hughes died last Thursday, aged 25, after being hit near the ear by a ball during a match between South Australia and his former state side New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (AP Photo/Cameron Spencer, Pool)
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke pays his respect to Phillip Hughes at his coffin during his funeral in Macksville, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Hughes died last Thursday, two days after he was hit in the head during a domestic cricket match. (AP Photo/Cameron Spencer, Pool)
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke speaks at the funeral of Phillip Hughes in Macksville, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. The funeral for cricketer Phillip Hughes turned into a celebration of his life on Wednesday despite the grief and sorrow still evident from his death. Hughes died last Thursday, aged 25, after being hit near the ear by a ball during a match between South Australia and his former state side New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (AP Photo/Cameron Spencer, Pool)
Mourners gather for a memorial service at the Sydney Cricket Ground and look at 63 bats with inscriptions detailing the career of cricketer Phillip Hughes in Sydney, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Hughes died last Thursday, two days after he was hit in the head during a domestic cricket match. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke, third left, helps carry the coffin of Phillip Hughes in Macksville, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. The funeral for cricketer Phillip Hughes turned into a celebration of his life on Wednesday despite the grief and sorrow still evident from his death. Hughes died last Thursday, aged 25, after being hit near the ear by a ball during a match between South Australia and his former state side New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (AP Photo/Daniel Munoz, Pool)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: People walk during the procession during the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Daniel Munoz - Pool/Getty Images)
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke, right, embraces a team mate during the funeral of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes in Macksville, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Hughes died last Thursday, aged 25, after being hit near the ear by a ball during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Cricket player Peter Siddle walks at the procession during the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Daniel Munoz - Pool/Getty Images)
Family and Australian cricket players help carry the coffin of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes from the hall in his home town of Macksville in northern New South Wales on December 3, 2014. Hughes died 27 November from bleeding on the brain, two days after being knocked unconscious by a bouncer while batting during a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, throwing the cricketing world into mourning. AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: People gather to watch the funeral service held in Macksville for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 3, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: A mourner cries during the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: The father of Phillip Hughes, Gregory Hughes, hugs a mourner after carrying the coffin during the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: People lay flowers at the Randwick End of the SCG prior to the gathering of people to watch the funeral service held in Macksville for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 3, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Ashton Agar arrives ahead of the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Past & present players of the Australian Cricket Team depart the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Jason Hughes, brother of Phillip Hughes gives a Eulogy with his sister Megan Hughes looking on during the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: The Funeral procession heads down Wallace Street Macksville after the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Members of the church and public walk ahead of the hearse after the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)
Family and Australian cricket players help carry the coffin of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes from the hall in his home town of Macksville in northern New South Wales, on December 3, 2014. Hughes died 27 November from bleeding on the brain, two days after being knocked unconscious by a bouncer while batting during a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, throwing the cricketing world into mourning. AFP PHOTO/WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: People gather to watch the funeral service held in Macksville for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 3, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
Residents watch the coffin of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes drive through his home town of Macksville in northern New South Wales after his funeral on December 3, 2014. Hughes died November 27 from bleeding on the brain, two days after being knocked unconscious by a bouncer while batting during a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, throwing the cricketing world into mourning. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents watch the coffin of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes drive through his home town of Macksville in northern New South Wales after his funeral on December 3, 2014. Hughes died November 27 from bleeding on the brain, two days after being knocked unconscious by a bouncer while batting during a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, throwing the cricketing world into mourning. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: People gather to watch the funeral service held in Macksville for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 3, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: People gather to watch the funeral service held in Macksville for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 3, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: A cricket bat stands in the members stand of the SCG as people gather to watch the funeral service held in Macksville for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 3, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Matthew Wade and partner Julia Barry walk in the funeral procession down Wallace Street Macksville after the Funeral Service for Phillip Hughes on December 3, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away last Thursday, aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on Tuesday 25th November. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: A tribute to Phillip Hughes is displayed outside a car dealership on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: A sign with a tribute to Phillip Hughes is seen outside St Patricks Primary School on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
A schoolgirl and her mother inspect a tribute to Australian batsman Phillip Hughes before Hughes' funeral to be held in his home town of Macksville in northern New South Wales, on December 2, 2014. Hughes died on November 27 from bleeding on the brain, two days after being knocked unconscious by a bouncer while batting during a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, throwing the cricketing world into mourning. AFP PHOTO/WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk past a tribute to Australian batsman Phillip Hughes before Hughes' funeral which will be held in his home town of Macksville in northern New South Wales, on December 2, 2014. Hughes died 27 November from bleeding on the brain, two days after being knocked unconscious by a bouncer while batting during a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, throwing the cricketing world into mourning. AFP PHOTO/WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks past a tribute to Australian batsman Phillip Hughes before Hughes' funeral which will be held in his home town of Macksville in northern New South Wales, on December 2, 2014. Hughes died 27 November from bleeding on the brain, two days after being knocked unconscious by a bouncer while batting during a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, throwing the cricketing world into mourning. AFP PHOTO/WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
A man holds a beer as he takes a photo of a tribute to Australian batsman Phillip Hughes before Hughes' funeral which will be held in his home town of Macksville in northern New South Wales, on December 2, 2014. Hughes died 27 November from bleeding on the brain, two days after being knocked unconscious by a bouncer while batting during a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, throwing the cricketing world into mourning. AFP PHOTO/WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Three cherry-pickers are linked together to form giant cricket stumps and bearing the Test number 408 of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes as preparations for his funeral continue in his home town of Macksville in northern New South Wales, on December 2, 2014. Hughes died 27 November from bleeding on the brain, two days after being knocked unconscious by a bouncer while batting during a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, throwing the cricketing world into mourning. AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: School kids perform a funeral procession run through outside the Macksville High School in readiness for the Phil Hughes funeral on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: A televsion reporter does a live cross on the Macksville High School on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: A tribute to Phillip Hughes is left outside a shop front on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: A televsion reporter does a live cross on the Macksville High School on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: A large mobile screen is erected on the Macksville High School oval in readiness for the Phillip Hughes funeral on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: A tribute to Phillip Hughes is left outside a shop front on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: A tribute to Phillip Hughes is left outside a shop front on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: A tribute to Phillip Hughes is left outside a shop front on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: Flowers are seen in place of stumps in cricket nets at Macksville Park on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: A tribute to Phillip Hughes is displayed outside the Nambucca Hotel on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: A shopfront displays a tribute to Phillp Hughes on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: Residents of Macksville display tributes to Phillp Hughes on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: School kids walk past a tribute to Phil Hughes at a shop front on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: A shopfront displays a tribute to Phillp Hughes on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
MACKSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02: A cricket bat is rested on a letter box in tribute to Phillip Hughes on December 2, 2014 in Macksville, Australia. Cricket player, Phillip Hughes passed away aged 25, as a result of head injuries sustained during the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG on 25th November. The funeral for Hughes will be held in his hometown of Macksville tomorrow. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia falls to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia falls to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia falls to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) Phillip Hughes of South Australia is helped by New South Wales players after falling to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) Phillip Hughes of South Australia is helped by New South Wales players after falling to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) Phillip Hughes of South Australia is helped by New South Wales players after falling to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: This sequence of images 459545636, 459545626, 459545640, 459545628, 459545608, 459545620, 459545632, 459545614 shows Phillip Hughes of South Australia as he is struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Hughes has undergone surgery and is in a critical condition. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) Phillip Hughes of South Australia lays on a stretcher after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke reacts during a press conference in Sydney on November 27, 2014 following the announcement of the death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes. Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died on November 27 from a head injury after a sickening on-field blow in one of the highest-profile sporting fatalities since the death of Formula One great Ayrton Senna.AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke (C) arrives for a press conference in Sydney on November 27, 2014 following the announcement of the death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes. Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died on November 27 from a head injury after a sickening on-field blow in one of the highest-profile sporting fatalities since the death of Formula One great Ayrton Senna.AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia is struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia is struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Cricket Australia team doctor Peter Brukner briefs the media outside Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital on November 26, 2014, where Australian batsman Phillip Hughes remains in a critical condition after been felled by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match on November 25. The 25-year-old, who was pressing for a Test recall, was knocked out by a Sean Abbott bouncer in a freak incident at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, crumbling to the ground unconscious after the heavy blow to the lower head. He underwent surgery and was in an induced coma in intensive care at St Vincent's Hospital. AFP PHOTO/WIlliam WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2011 file photo Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes celebrates after scoring a century during the fourth days' play of the third cricket test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, two days after being struck in the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25. (AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena, File)
Australia's Phillip Hughes during a nets session two days before the start of the fourth Ashes series cricket match against England at the Riverside cricket ground, Chester-le-Street, England, Wednesday Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Australia's Phillip Hughes, left, is lbw by England's Graeme Swann during day fiyr of the second Ashes Test at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes plays a shot during the fourth days' play of the third test cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.(AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena)
Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes, left, plays a shot as Sri Lankan wicket keeper Prasanna Jayawardena looks on during the fourth days' play of the third test cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.(AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena)
Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes, right, celebrates after scoring a century as his team mate Ricky Ponting, left, pats him during the fourth days' play of the third test cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.(AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena)
Australia's Phillip Hughes avoids a bouncer from England's Andrew Flintoff on his way to an innings of 36 on the second day of the first cricket test match between England and Australia in Cardiff, Wales, Thursday July 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Australia's Phillip Hughes avoids a bouncer from England's Andrew Flintoff on the second day of the first cricket test match between England and Australia in Cardiff, Wales, Thursday July 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Australia's Phillip Hughes defends his wicket on the second day of the first cricket test match between England and Australia in Cardiff, Wales, Thursday, July 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes celebrates his century on the third day of the second test match against South Africa at Kingsmead stadium in Durban, South Africa, Sunday March 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes watches his shot on the third day of the second test match against South Africa at Kingsmead stadium in Durban, South Africa, Sunday March 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia is struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia is struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Phillip Hughes of South Australia bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: Phillip Hughes of Australia 'A' looks on during the Cricket Australia Quadrangular Series Final match between Australia 'A' and India 'A' at Marrara Oval on August 2, 2014 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: Phillip Hughes of Australia 'A' bats during the Cricket Australia Quadrangular Series Final match between Australia 'A' and India 'A' at Marrara Oval on August 2, 2014 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: Phillip Hughes of Australia 'A' adjusts his helmet during the Cricket Australia Quadrangular Series Final match between Australia 'A' and India 'A' at Marrara Oval on August 2, 2014 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: Cameron White and Phillip Hughes of Australia 'A' walk out to open the innings during the Cricket Australia Quadrangular Series Final match between Australia 'A' and India 'A' at Marrara Oval on August 2, 2014 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 10: Phillip Hughes looks on during an Australian nets session at Centurion Park on February 10, 2014 in Centurion, South Africa. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 11: Phillip Hughes fields the ball during an Australian nets session at Centurion Park on February 11, 2014 in Centurion, South Africa. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 04: Phillip Hughes of the Redbacks plays a cut shot during the Ryobi Cup match between the South Australia Redbacks and the Victoria Bushrangers at Bankstown Oval on October 4, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 6: Phillip Hughes, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell pose with children from local schools as members of the Australia Team take part in the ICC Chance to Shine programme at Edgbaston on June 6, 2013 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - MAY 29: Phillip Hughes of Australia during the Australia Portrait Session at The St David Hotel on May 29, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Christopher Lee-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 04: Phillip Hughes of Australia speaks after being named the Domestic Player of the Year during the 2013 Allan Border Medal awards ceremony at Crown Palladium on February 4, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: Phillip Hughes of Australia edges the ball to Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka during game three of the Commonwealth Bank One Day International Series between Australia and Sri Lanka at The Gabba on January 18, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Phillip Hughes of Australia walks out to bat during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Phillip Hughes of Australia bats during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)
HOBART, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 18: Phillip Hughes of Australia looks on during day five of the First Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Blundstone Arena on December 18, 2012 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
HOBART, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14: Phillip Hughes of Australia speaks to the media after day one of the First Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Blundstone Arena on December 14, 2012 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Phillip Hughes of Australia bats during day one of the Second Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 21: Phillip Hughes of the Redbacks bats during the Ryobi One Day Cup match between the South Australian Redbacks and the Queensland Bulls at Adelaide Oval on October 21, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
Australian batsman Phillip Hughes walks off at the tea break on the third day of the second cricket Test match played at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, on December 11, 2011. IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian paceman James Pattinson (2nd R) is congratulated by teammates Phillip Hughes (2nd L) and Ricky Ponting (R) after dismissing New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor on the fourth day of the first cricket Test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Gabba in Brisbane on December 4, 2011. IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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The series was to start at Brisbane's Gabba ground Thursday, but was deferred and the scheduled second test at Adelaide was brought forward as Cricket Australia and the Board of Control for Cricket in India shuffled the schedule to give players time to mourn.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said it was "out of the question" that the players should be expected to play a test match a day after the funeral of a respected teammate and treasured friend.

"Any player that is not comfortable or doesn't feel right, or there is medical advice to suggest they're not quite right, then we will obviously understand that," Sutherland said. "I'm sure the broader public will understand that as well," he said.

Veteran fast bowler Ryan Harris became the first player to publicly express misgivings about playing a test match so soon after the death. He hadn't yet decided if he would take part.

Harris said Wednesday's service would be a trial for the Australian players and only after that could they address their thoughts to the test match.

"Let's get through that first. It's going to be pretty bloody hard," Harris said in Brisbane. "It might be a bit of closure or it might take longer."

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