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It’s nobody’s fault. And it’s everybody’s fault.

28/11/2014

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The tragic death of Phillip Hughes is nobody’s fault. And it’s everybody’s fault. . My heart goes out to his family, his friends, his team mates.

The death of anyone is a painful traumatic moment that humans all know and feel. More so when the person is so young and doing something we have seen them do hundreds of times before. .

Many are also thinking about Sean Abbott, a young person who was doing something many have seen him do hundreds of times before. .

My thoughts are also with the groundskeepers, who rolled the pitch that morning doing something they have done hundreds of times before. .

My thoughts also go out to the captain for NSW at the time of the incident, who set the field no doubt affecting what shots Phil could play on that ball, something we have seen captains do hundreds of times before. .

My thoughts are with the fielders at the time, who no doubt and in high jest, may have said something, anything to try and throw off Phil who was on 63 not out and looked like he was pushing for a ton. Something fielders do and have done to batsmen hundreds of times before. .

My thoughts are with Max Walker who, just the night before, had praised Hughes and hinted a return to the test squad. Phil would no doubt be trying to make Max proud. Max made a statement that others in his role had made in the past hundreds of times before. Phillip Hughes was the 408th person to wear a baggy green. And not the first to come back after being dropped. .

My thoughts are with the makers of that cricket ball. That ball made in such a way to bounce at such an angle. It was a ball they made like they made hundreds of others before. .

My thoughts go out to the makers of the bat Phil used. If it was a fraction lighter, he may have been able to smash the ball away for four. It was a bat made like other bats they have made hundreds of times before. .

And my thoughts go out to us lovers of cricket. And how in the 1970s and 1980s, as a kid, seeing Thommo or Lillee hit an opponent was something we wanted to see. Somehow, we are told this is not a game, but a war. A tradition. Something done hundreds of times before. .

Phillip Hughes’ death touched us all because it was nobody’s fault. And it was everybody’s fault. 

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A. Ghebranious November 2014

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