Phillip Hughes: The Official Biography

Phillip Hughes: The Official Biography

Malcolm Knox, Peter Lalor

Language: English

Pages: 189


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Drawing on almost 100 interviews and featuring scores of images from the Hughes family's personal collection, this is a stirring biography about the life of Phillip Hughes: son, brother, friend, farmer, cricketer, inspiration.

Phillip Hughes gave his life to cricket. And cricket gave Phillip Hughes his life.

When Hughes scored twin centuries in his second Test - the youngest man in cricket's 135-year history to achieve the feat - the world hailed the arrival of a brilliant new star. Here was a batting prodigy from a tiny country town with a twinkle in his eye and a wizardry with the willow to fill the dreams of a generation. But those dreams were lost in November 2014 when Hughes was felled, playing the game he loved.

Told through the voices of those who knew him best.

Phillip Hughes:­ The Official Biography
Is the incredible story of the boy from Macksville who became Australian Test cricketer 408. It charts the folkloric rise of the banana grower's son with the axe-handle batting technique, reliving his adventures on and off the field and celebrating his many triumphs and travails.

And it pays tribute to the fighting spirit and gift for friendship that made this unique young man a hero to millions.

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These levels are unique incubators for elite sportspeople, but they are also competitive arenas in their own right. This was where Phillip was so often seen at his best, and where the stories began. Those who knew him best knew him through his games for New South Wales and South Australia, for his schools and his clubs and his underage teams, and in its way his career was a tribute to the calibre of those levels of Australian cricket. They deserve to be celeb­rated and not left in the shade, as

many of the stories that emerged from the tour had Phillip Hughes somewhere involved. On the field, where Indian tours can get particularly frustrating, Phillip was amusing his teammates with his idiosyncratic catching technique. ‘He had a really good set of hands,’ says Mott, ‘but he had this habit of pointing his fingers up even on low catches. The boys would imitate that, going lower and lower while still keeping their fingers pointed up. But when he took a catch, he celebrated like he’d

usual, he contacted Matt Day before the match: friendship first, Shield final second, even though Day was a reserve fieldsman for Tasmania. Hughes missed a ride on the team bus so that he could give Day a hit in the nets. ‘Even mid-game, he fed me balls, even though I was on the opposing team, ’ Day says. ‘That’s the kind of guy he was.’ His generosity, says Day, remained unchanged. ‘Whenever he had new bats, he’d say, “Come and get a bat”. If I happened to pick the one that was his favourite,

Virginia says. Day-long Christmas barbecues took place in alternating years either at home or at Greg’s parents’ house. ‘Phillip was happy with whatever presents he got, and he loved Christmas,’ Virginia says. ‘There was a lot of food, all the cousins and aunties and uncles were there, and before long there would be football and cricket set up, with everyone playing.’ Country life could never be too white-bread with the Ramunno connection. Virginia’s mother Angela, or Nan’s, riverside home is

Lonergan, Morrie Lonergan, Nic Maddinson, Andrew Maggs, Tom Mann, Rod Marsh, Bryce McGain, Ken McNamara, Matthew Mott, Tim Nielsen, Steve O’Keefe, David O’Neil, Ricky Ponting, Nino Ramunno, Angela Ramunno, Steve Rhodes, Sam Robson, Ben Rohrer, Daniel Smith, Nathan Smith, Warren Smith, Ash Squire, Steve Tomlinson, Damian Toohey, Michael Townsend, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson. Thanks also for their assistance: Jason Bakker, Malcolm Conn, Tony Connelly, Matt Costello, Angus Fontaine,

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