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Australian paper retires tomorrow's back page in honour of tragic cricketer

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Philip Hughes Phillip Hughes, who has died after being hit on the head with a cricket ball during a Sheffield Shield game

Philip Hughes Phillip Hughes, who has died after being hit on the head with a cricket ball during a Sheffield Shield game

Philip Hughes Phillip Hughes, who has died after being hit on the head with a cricket ball during a Sheffield Shield game

Australian paper The Daily Telegraph has decided to mark the tragic passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes by retiring tomorrow's back page.

Hughes died on Thursday, two days after being struck on the head by a bouncer while batting for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Hughes, who would have turned 26 on Sunday, has died of the injuries he sustained while batting for his side.

Tomorrow's back page in the Telegraph is be marked in honour the memory of the cricketer.

Cricket Ireland has also offered its condolences to the family and friends of the batsman.

Hughes, who was wearing a protective helmet, collapsed face first onto the pitch after being hit by a ball on the back, lower left side of his head from pace bowler Sean Abbott as he attempted a pull shot.

He was then given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and oxygen on the boundary line after being carried off the pitch on a stretcher.

Hughes was then rushed to the city's St Vincent's Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was being monitored in the intensive care unit.

Updates from Cricket Australia yesterday said Hughes remained in a critical condition after undergoing scans but the governing body today confirmed the worst.

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