Australia prepares to farewell Phillip

Written By komlim puldel on Selasa, 02 Desember 2014 | 20.01

Phillip Hughes' family have thanked everyone for their support both in Australia and around the world.

Phillip Hughes will be farewelled in his hometown of Macksville in NSW on Wednesday. Source: News Limited

AUSTRALIAN captain Michael Clarke will dig deep again — this time in front of 5000 mourners at Macksville High School — to deliver a tribute to fallen teammate Phillip Hughes.

Clarke spoke on behalf of Hughes's parents, Greg and Virginia, at the hospital after the Test batsman passed away, and again on the weekend in an emotional statement.

The funeral will be broadcast around the nation and to the small northern New South Wales town of Macksville, which has been invited en masse.

Phillip Hughes' hometown of Macksville is in mourning as they prepare to farewell the legendary cricketer at a public funeral on Wednesday.

More than 400 cricket people including all Australian contracted players will feature among the 1,000-strong congregation inside the school hall and the estimated 4,000 more that will pack an adjacent oval and soccer field to watch on big screens.

As the nation is expected to stop when Hughes is finally laid to rest, his manager James Henderson said it would be a sad day for the town of Macksville and broader community.

"But it will be a wonderful celebration of a young man who has achieved so much in his 26 years of life," Henderson said, speaking on behalf of Hughes' family at a media conference.

"He was a no fuss guy who will be looking down on all of this and wondering what the hell is going on.

"He made an unbelievable impression on the country."

Phillip Hughes loved donning his 'baggy green' to represent Australia. Source: News Limited

Here is a guide to Wednesday's proceedings as the world prepares to pay tribute to Hughes' life.

WHEN

Wednesday December 3, starting at 2pm (AEDT)

WHERE

Macksville High School (Macksville, New South Wales)

ATTENDEES

BETWEEN 300 and 400 dignitaries

PAST and present international and state players, including the entire NSW and Australian Test squads

THE entire Indian touring squad

WHO'LL BE SPEAKING

MICHAEL Clarke

CRICKET Australia chief James Sutherland

A representative from Hughes' family.

PALL BEARERS

Greg Hughes, Jason Hughes, Michael Clarke, Corey Ireland, Mitchell Lonergan, Matthew Day, Aaron Finch and Tom Cooper.

CELEBRANT

Father Michael Alcock

Phillip Hughes' family have thanked everyone for their support both in Australia and around the world.

ORDER OF SERVICE

Introductory Rites: Opening Music 'Forever Young'

Welcome & Opening Prayer

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: read by James Henderson

Responsorial Psalm

Gospel: read by Father Peter Jones

Prayers of the Faithful: read by Samantha Trodden

The Lords Prayer

Eulogy from Family: Nino Ramunno, Jason Hughes, Megan Hughes

Tributes: Corey Ireland, Michael Clarke

Final Commendation & Farewell

Prayer of Commendation

Song of Farewell: Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me

Tributes to Phillip Hughes are all around his home town of Macksville. Picture: Peter Lorimer Source: News Corp Australia

TIMETABLE

The funeral will commence at 2pm (AEDT). After the service, the late cricketer's hearse will slowly make its way down the main street of Macksville.

LIVE SITES

Macksville: Screens set up at ovals outside the school stadium.

Brisbane: The Gabba and South Bank

Sydney: SCG

Adelaide: Adelaide Oval

Hobart: Blundstone Arena

Perth: The WACA

MEDIA COVERAGE

TV: LIVE on Fox Sports News (Channel 500) from 1.45pm (AEDT)

Online: Live blog on foxsports.com.au throughout the day

Radio: ABC and Fairfax radio from 1.30pm (AEDT)

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