A row of bats with messages are lined up as a tribute for Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
A row of bats with messages are lined up as a tribute for Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground. AP Photo - Rick Rycroft

Hughes funeral prompts Qantas to schedule additional flights

THE international cricketing world will gather this week to farewell former Test star Phillip Hughes who was tragically killed during a domestic match last week.

Hughes's funeral will be held at Macksville State High School in his home town this Wednesday at 2pm.

Qantas announced it would schedule additional flights to nearby Coffs Harbour to accommodate the thousands of people along with the throng of players past and present who are expected to attend.

Hughes's funeral will be telecast live throughout Australia on Channel Nine and broadcast live on ABC Local Radio and the Fairfax Radio Network and live streamed on the cricket.com.au website and app.

The service will also be shown live on the big screens at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Adelaide Oval.

Cricket Australia announced at the weekend it would retire Hughes' one-day international shirt number 64 as a mark of respect to the highly respected and much-loved player.

Hughes, who would have celebrated his 26th birthday on November 30, was critically injured last Tuesday and died two days later as a result of being hit by a bouncer while batting in a Sheffield Shield match for South Australia against New South Wales at the SCG.

His death has resulted in an unprecedented outpouring of grief across social media with the hashtags #63no, #putoutyourbats and #PhilHughes trending on Twitter.

- APN NEWSDESK


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