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Cricket greats say Australia-India Test should go ahead
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell said Hughes would have wanted the Gabba Test to go on, and that playing may be the "Best thing" for those mourning him. "At least while you are on the field or in the nets you will have something else to concentrate on. Because every moment you are off the field you are going to be thinking about Phillip Hughes and what happened." Warner's father Howard told the Sydney Daily Telegraph ahead of Hughes' death that: "Dave is just shattered. He and Phil have been good mates for a while now. I spoke to Dave briefly... he's doing it tough." A stream of players went to St Vincent's Hospital to stand vigil beside Hughes while he was in an induced coma, and many were in tears after learning that he died. Captain Michael Clarke was at his close friend's side almost continuously and read an emotional statement from the Hughes family after his death. Another former captain, Allan Border, agreed that Hughes would have wanted the Test to go ahead. "There will be guys, particularly the guys that were out on the field at the time that are named in the Test squad, they mightn't be feeling like playing cricket at the moment," Border told Fox Sports, before news broke of Hughes' death. "You'd understand if they wanted to pull out. But I think the game should go ahead. I get the feeling that Phillip would want the game to go ahead.". "The whole of Australian cricket is grieving, and all we want to do is provide the Hughes family all the support we possibly can right now."

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