20 Facts About Phillip Hughes - A Star In The Sky

Kind and gifted Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died too soon. Cricket records and legacy survive his death. Discover these amazing Phillip Hughes facts.


Phillip Hughes was born on November 30, 1988, to Australian farmer Greg Hughes and Italian mother Virginia. He was born in Macksville, NSW. His siblings were Jason and Megan Hughes. 

First coach

His father bowled to Phillip Hughes on farms and in the garden. Greg, his father, purchased him a bowling machine after seeing his interest.

First club

Macksville RSL Cricket Club signed Phillip Hughes. He performed well in A-grade cricket at 12. Age-group cricket brought him a century.

Club cricket

Phillip Hughes joined the Western Suburbs District Cricket Club in Sydney Grade Cricket aged 17 to play more cricket. He also attended Homebush Boys High. 

U-19 World Cup call

Phillip Hughes was selected for the 2008 U19 World Cup after excelling in Grade cricket. He top-scored 46 off 94 balls against Nepal in the group stage.

Superb bravery

Phillip Hughes’s debut match was in 2007-2008 in New South Wales second-XI. The New South Wales squad quickly called him up. He made his debut aged 18 years 355 days against Tasmania. He was NSW's youngest debutant since Michael Clarke in 1999. 

Test debut

Phillip Hughes replaced Matthew Hayden in 2009 South Africa. He was dismissed for a duck by Dale Steyn in the first innings. He responded by leading the club with 75 in the second innings.

Test Tonne 

Phillip Hughes scored his first century swiftly in the tour's second match at Kingsmead, Durban. With 115 in the first innings, he became the youngest Australian Test century scorer after Doug Walters. 

Troubled by Martins

Phillip Hughes' poorest Test series was 2011-12 against New Zealand. He was removed similarly after four innings. 

ODI summons

Phillip Hughes occasionally played Tests, substituting injured players. After Ponting retired in 2012, he was tried at 3. He won and regularly appeared.

Debut ODI century

Hughes became the first Australian ODI debutant to score a century, batting 112 from 129 balls against Sri Lanka at the MCG.

World record

Phillip Hughes and number 11 Ashton Agar set a world record with 163 runs for the 10th wicket in a Trent Bridge Test match against England. 

List A double century

Phillip Hughes’ 2014 Australia A against South Africa 202* was the first Australian List A double century and the 15th List A double century. 

Awards galore

He was New South Wales Rising Star in 2007, Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year in 2009, Sheffield Shield Cricketer in 2008-09, and Domestic Player of the Year in 2012-13.

Sports other than cricket

Hughes was an avid fan of Rugby apart from cricket. He even played alongside Greg Inglis.

Link county

Hughes was signed as a cover for Murali Karthik for Middlesex in 2009. Hughes had an Italian passport, therefore Middlesex could have signed him as a Kolpak. However, he was signed as a foreign national instead. 


The 2013 IPL auction surprise buy was Phillip Hughes. Mumbai Indians signed him, however IPL games never featured him.

Best batting average in T20 cricket

Phillip Hughes has the highest average among 1000-run players in 30 matches. Hughes scored 1,110 runs at 42.69 with 10 fifties in 34 T20 matches, second to Chris Gayle's 42.10.

Most format-consistent

Hughes became the first cricketer to average above 40 in all three formats with at least 20 innings.

Tragic death

Phillip Hughes suffered a vertebral artery dissection and subarachnoid haemorrhage after Sean Abbott's bouncer hit him in the neck during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG on November 25, 2014. 

Phillip Hughes was a famous cricketer. The youngest Sheffield Shield finalist and first Australian ODI debutant to score a century, he was a great left-handed opener. His death took the entire world by surprise and left a permanent mark on history. 

Who was Phillip Hughes' first cricket coach?
Papa Greg Hughes was Phillip Hughes' first cricket coach. His father bowled to him on farms and in the garden and purchased him a bowling machine to develop his cricketing skills.
In what cricket team did Phillip Hughes first play?
Phillip Hughes started playing cricket with the Macksville RSL Cricket Club.