Veteran Australian opener David Warner had an emotional moment as he walked out to bat in his final match in whites in the third Test against Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday, January 3.
Warner received a guard of honour from Pakistan team while walking out to bat in the farewell match of his Test career in front of home crowd at Sydney. He received a big applause from Sydney crowd as well as Pakistan players, honouring his legacy in Test Cricket.
Before Warner walked out to bat in his final Test, the southpaw touched the plaque of his late teammate and friend Phil Hughes. Hughes passed away in November 2014 after the ball hit on his head during the Sheffield Shield match.
Earlier, David Warner walked out with his three young daughters for the national anthem and received warm reception from the crowd at Sydney Cricket Ground.
David Warner's friendship with Phil Hughes
Phil Hughes was not just a teammate to David Warner but also close friend of the Australian opener
Hughes and Warner played for five years for Australian cricket team until the former's tragic death during the Sheffield match in November 2014. Hughes's death was heartbreak not just for David Warner but also Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Aaron Finch and other Australian players.
In December 2014, Warner scored a brilliant 145 off 163 balls and dedicated it to his close friend Phil Hughes when Australia return to action a month after latter's death against India.
In November 2017, the southpaw looked up the sky and paid tribute to Phil Hughes after reaching 63* as it was late Australian's batter score when the ball hit on his head during Sheffield Shield match at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Phil Hughes made international debut for Australia in an ODI match against Sri Lanka in January 2009. In March that year, Hughes became the youngest batter to score two centuries in a Test against South Africa.