Former Australian quick Merv Hughes wants the first Australia-India Test to start with a bouncer…
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Former Australian Test quick Merv Hughes wants the first ball in the Test between Australia and India to be a bouncer to “clear the air” after Phillip Hughes’s death.
Hughes said both teams must “play on”, and cited Michael Clarke’s moving eulogy at the late cricketer’s funeral.
“There’s been bouncers bowled over 100 years of cricket and this was an isolated incident. As Michael Clarke said in his speech (on Wednesday), we must play on,” Hughes said.
“The longer it goes without someone bowling a bouncer, the more it’s going to be talked about and the more it’s going to be on people’s minds.
“I reckon just to clear the air the first ball of the game should just be a bouncer, and just say ‘right, let’s get on with business’.
“It might be a callous, uncaring way to look at it but what we’ve got to take in mind is what happened to Phil Hughes is a tragic accident.”
Australia face India next Tuesday in Adelaide.