Cricket Australia remembers Phillip Hughes

Justin Chadwick

Cricket Australia has paid tribute to Phillip Hughes on the eve of the five-year anniversary of his death.

Hughes died at the age of 25 after being struck by a bouncer while batting in a Sheffield Shield match on November 25.

He suffered a brain haemorrhage and died two days later.

CA chief executive Kevin Roberts released a heartfelt statement on Tuesday in which he labelled Hughes as the 'very best ' of Australian cricket.

"A man dedicated to his family, a loyal friend, a popular teammate and a prodigiously talented cricketer," Roberts said.

"There hasn't been a single day over these last five years when Phillip's loss hasn't been felt acutely by the Australian cricket family.

"He remains in the hearts of players, coaches, staff, volunteers and fans across Australia and around the world. He always will.

"Our thoughts today are with the Hughes family, and the Macksville community that Phillip called home. I can't begin to fathom their pain or their sense of loss."

Cricket Australia is looking to enforce the use of neck protectors to avoid a repeat of what happened to Hughes.

Star Test batsman Steve Smith was initially reluctant to wear the neck guard, saying it felt like he was stuck in an MRI machine.

But after posting a knock of 211 in the recent Ashes series while wearing the guard, Smith gave his tick of approval.

CA hopes Smith's approval will help encourage other players to support the move to make the neck guard mandatory.