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Emotional farewell for cricket star Phillip Hughes hit by ball

By AP Reporter

Cricket stars from around the world joined relatives and friends to celebrate the life of Phillip Hughes amid the grief and sorrow still evident from his death.

Rising star Hughes (25), tipped to be one of the game's greats, died last Thursday after being hit near an ear by a ball during a match at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Australia's cricket captain Michael Clarke and the rest of the test squad gathered for Hughes' funeral at his home town in New South Wales.

Clarke was a pallbearer and speaker at the funeral service in Macksville, also attended by Australian prime minister Tony Abbott and Sean Abbott, the 22-year-old who bowled the delivery which fatally injured Hughes.

Abbott was consoled by members of Hughes' family, and Clarke said earlier he should not be held responsible.

The funeral was broadcast live around Australia and on video screens at the Adelaide Oval, where the rescheduled first test with India will start next Tuesday.

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