New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Five years ago on this day, a man left the world while doing what he loved the most. It was a tragic day in cricket history. Aussie batsman Phillip Joel Hughes passed away at the age of 25 in 2014 after he was hit by a bouncer. Hughes was batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Though he was wearing a helmet, the ball hit him in the unprotected area below his left ear off Sean Abbott. As a result, Hughes sustained a brain hemorrhage and died two days later without regaining consciousness at a local hospital. "He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends," reported BBC. The cricketer was given a state funeral attended by then Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland. Hughes played 26 Tests and 25 ODIs for Australia. 

The 25-year-old’s untimely death sparked a big change in safety protocol in cricket and paid way to the new concussion substitution rule.

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Since early morning, tributes have been pouring in by his teammates and cricket fans across the globe in his remembrance. Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke was the first to post a message on Instagram. In a post, he wrote, “Everyday I think of you, but this week even more. Wish you were here buddy." while Steve Smith said that the game seemed irrelevant the day the tragedy took place, he wrote, “Miss you bro #408” while sharing a picture with him.

 
 
 
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Meanwhile, the Australian squad will raise a toast to “absent friends” in memory of the cricketer. "Time flies. I still remember, one of the worst days of our life, and we'll toast absent friends today. I'm sure we will talk about it today when we get to the Adelaide Oval," Langer said in a video clip posted by cricket.co.au.

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