Posted: 13:15 GMT, Jan.. November 2020 | Updated: 13:15 GMT, Jan.. November 2020
Six years after the untimely death of cricketer Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke paid tribute to his late best friend.
The 39-year-old former cricket captain celebrated the anniversary on Friday with a series of posts on Instagram.
Michael shared a smiling selfie of himself and Phil, both men wearing plain black baseball caps.
Sad day: Six years after the untimely death of cricketer Phillip Hughes (right), Michael Clarke (left) paid tribute to his late best friend
‘I’m still wearing our [Cap Emoji] brother. I miss you every day, « he simply captioned the photo before receiving support from his Instagram followers.
He’s also shared a number of posts on Instagram Stories, including a touching cartoon drawing of the two together.
The picture was of Michael with a loving arm around Phil’s shoulders as he disappeared while they were standing together on a cricket field.
Emotional: The 39-year-old former cricket captain celebrated the anniversary on Friday with a series of posts on Instagram
Phil died on Jan.. November 2014, just three days before his 26th birthday. Birthday after being fatally struck in the neck by a ball during a cricket match.
Even though he was wearing a helmet, the ball hit an exposed area just below his ear and he fell to the ground before mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
He was taken to the St.. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, where he underwent emergency surgery before falling into a coma. He died two days later.
Tragedy: Phil died on Jan.. November 2014, just three days before his 26th birthday. Birthday after being fatally struck in the neck by a ball during a cricket match. Pictured together at a cricket match in South Africa in March 2009
Michael held a vigil in his friend’s hospital bed before later giving an emotional eulogy at his funeral.
‘I don’t know about you, but I keep looking for him. I know it’s crazy, but I expect any minute he’ll answer a call from him or turn his face around the corner to call me in the next room for a story and a laugh, ”he said.
In a November 2017 interview with The Weekly Review, Michael said he regretted not quitting cricket sooner after Phil’s death and opting to retire in 2015.
Exciting: In an interview with The Weekly Review in November 2017, Michael said he regretted not quitting cricket sooner after Phil’s death and retiring in 2015. Pictured during a tribute to Phil at a cricket match in Adelaide in December 2014
‘I shouldn’t have played any other game. My career should have stopped then. It was too hard for me, ”he said, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.
‘It took me much longer to mourn his loss than it should have been or what I liked.
‘I didn’t allow myself to mourn back then because I had responsibility first to his family, but then as an Australian cricket captain to my teammates and to get us back on the field. ‘
Difficult: Michael held a vigil in his friend’s hospital bed before later giving an emotional eulogy at his funeral. Pictured reading a statement on behalf of Phil’s family in Sydney in November 2014
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