India test not priority for Australia

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SYDNEY (AP) As tributes were springing up around the country to commemorate Phillip Hughes, the Australian cricketers were being given time to mourn a teammate who died playing the game they all love.

The test squad gathered with Hughes' family and friends in Sydney overnight, yet the topic of next week's first test against India - for which the 25-year-old batsman was pushing for selection - wasn't a major topic of conversation.

"We haven't broached the subject with the players yet - we will in time," Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland told a news conference Friday, referring to the series which is due to start Thursday in Brisbane. "But, to be honest, they've got other things on their mind.


Cricket closes ranks to support Abbott

SYDNEY (AP) Phillip Hughes' sister has joined in an outpouring of support for young fast bowler Sean Abbott, who unleashed the delivery which felled the Australian cricket star three days ago.

Former test fast bowler Jason Gillespie told Australia's Fox Sports on Friday the 22-year-old Abbott was "absolutely shaken and broken at the moment" as he dealt with the tragic accident which ended Hughes' life. His fateful "bouncer" was the kind of short-pitch delivery that gets bowled dozens of times in every senior match, usually without any problems. (MORE)

McCullum's record ton leads NZ to 249-1

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) Captain Brendon McCullum's belligerent record-breaking century put New Zealand on top in the third test after offspinner Mark Craig's career-best 7-94 finished off Pakistan for 351 on Friday.

McCullum smashed New Zealand's fastest ever test hundred off 78 balls, and he and Kane Williamson combined for the Kiwis' biggest second-wicket stand against Pakistan in reaching 249-1 at stumps on the second day to trail by 102 runs. (MORE)

Sri Lanka, England to play 2nd ODI

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka and England will go ahead with their second one-day international as scheduled on Saturday following the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.

Both teams discussed whether they should play, and decided they should in respect for Hughes, England captain Alastair Cook said on Friday. (MORE)

Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 21 runs

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Bangladesh was on the verge of sweeping Zimbabwe in their one-day international series after winning the fourth match by 21 runs on Friday.

The bowlers put up a disciplined performance for the hosts to lead the series 4-0, restricting Zimbabwe to 235-8 after the batsmen helped them to amass 256-8. (MORE)

Australian cricketers take time out

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Tragedy brings reflection, and the death of Phillip Hughes from a short-pitched ball during a cricket match in Sydney makes the following example strikingly strident.

Promotional literature for an Australian men's magazine posed this question this month: "Ever wondered what's going through Mitchell Johnson's mind as he turns at the top of his mark and prepares to scare the life out of another helpless batsman?" (MORE)

Craig's 7-94 with Pakistan all out 351

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) New Zealand offspinner Mark Craig took a career-best 7-94 as Pakistan was bowled out for 351 on a revised second day of the third test on Friday.

Play was abandoned on Thursday after the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes, and the match was extended by a day. (MORE)

Focus on helmets in cricket

MANCHESTER, England (AP) As the world of cricket reels from the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, it's hard to imagine that less than 40 years ago the first player to wear a full helmet during a cricket test match was booed by the crowd for his apparent cowardice.

On that day in 1978, Australian left-hander Graham Yallop walked to the crease in Barbados to a backdrop of jeers, wearing an improvised motorcycle helmet - complete with plastic visor - to protect him from the short-pitch bowling by the West Indies' fearsome pacemen. (MORE)

Australian batsman Hughes dies

SYDNEY (AP) Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died Thursday from a "catastrophic" injury to his head, two days after being struck by a delivery during a match.

Australia captain Michael Clarke, trying to compose himself several times, read a brief statement on behalf of Hughes' parents, brother and sister at a news conference at St. Vincent's Hospital that was broadcast live around Australia. (MORE)

Obituary: Phillip Hughes dead at 25

(AP) -- Phillip Hughes won admirers across the cricket spectrum, from the most elite players to the everyday fan for an unorthodox batting style honed on the family banana plantation and a never-give-in attitude despite being dropped a handful of times from Australia's test team.

Hughes died Thursday, two days after undergoing emergency surgery for a bleeding of the brain that occurred after he was struck on the head by a cricket ball in a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He was 25, just three days short of his next birthday. (MORE)

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