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Australia-India first Test moved to Adelaide
The opening clash between the teams was due to start on Thursday at the Gabba in Brisbane but was put off following the death of Hughes in a freak on-field incident, with skipper Michael Clarke admitting his players were emotionally shattered. Hughes died last Thursday from bleeding on the brain, two days after being knocked unconscious by a bouncer while batting during a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, throwing the cricketing world into mourning. With Hughes' funeral scheduled for Wednesday in his home town of Macksville, Cricket Australia Monday night listed a change of dates on its website, with Adelaide Oval now hosting the first Test. The decision to move the Brisbane game comes as no surprise with cricket officials making clear the welfare of those mourning Hughes was the priority. The tributes continued Monday in parliament when Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Hughes' death "Has so affected people, because it happened in the midst of life at its most exuberant". "Phillip Hughes' passing is a reminder that life is both precious and fragile." Clarke, a close friend of Hughes, has already arrived in Macksville via helicopter, with some 5,000 mourners expected at the service, including the Indian team. Doctors said Hughes died after his vertebral artery split when hit by the ball, leading to massive bleeding in his brain.

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