Phillip Hughes will be on the minds of cricketers around Australia when day one of the third Test starts in Adelaide.
Friday marks the first anniversary of Hughes’ death, which came two days after he was struck by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG.
At the request of Hughes’ family, commemorations will be low-key at Adelaide Oval.
Both sides will wear black armbands – as will players contesting three Shield games around the nation that also start on Friday.
A tribute package will be screened at 4.08pm at Adelaide Oval – referring to Hughes’ Test cap number.
“Obviously it’s a tough time for his family and his friends and we respect that … hopefully we can have a good week for Phillip,” Australia skipper Steve Smith said.
“A year on we still have Hughesy at the back of our minds every time we walk out onto the field.
“We’re going to be doing our best to play with a smile on our face and hopefully play well for Hughesy.”
Moises Henriques, who toured with Hughes for Australia and was a teammate of his at NSW, noted every day has been tough since the freak accident.
“Tomorrow is just another one,” Henriques said on Thursday.
“He’s not just someone you forget about.
“It’s not like it [the anniversary of Hughes’ death] is a reminder for a lot of the guys in the team.
“That’s something you play with every day, having [lost] one of the blokes that you played with and loved.”
New Zealand were playing a Test against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates when the Hughes tragedy unfolded.
The second day’s play of that match was abandoned after Hughes’ death, with NZ players visibly distressed when the Test resumed.
“It’s not going to be an easy time for anyone involved. We’ll take the lead from the Aussie guys on it and be respectful as we possibly can be,” NZ skipper Brendon McCullum said.
“I’m sure it will be a nice tribute and everyone will be pretty comfortable with it.”