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Team Pakistan, Black Caps jointly pay tribute to Phillip Hughes

SHARJAH: Players and officials of Pakistan and New Zealand teams Friday observed a minute’s silence and wore black armbands as a mark of respect in memory of young Australian batsman Phillip Hughes to join the world in mourning prior to resumption of play for the second day.

Hughes, 25, died Thursday from a rare head injury after a devastating on-field blow in a first-class match in Sydney, leaving the entire cricketing world in a state of shock.

Pakistan and New Zealand teams abandoned the second day's play in the third and final Test on Thursday after the tragic news of Phillips's death as a mark of respect.

Team Pakistan and the Black Caps players put their bats out in a row with caps on each to join the "#putoutyourbat" campaign launched in Australia to pay tribute to Hughes, whose last tour was to the United Arab Emirates last month where he featured in the limited-overs series against Pakistan.

Hughes played his last international match in Abu Dhabi, the third and final one-dayer against Pakistan in October, in which he made five.

The second day's play in the third and final Test between Pakistan and New Zealand resumed later Friday, with Pakistan starting their first innings at 281-3.

Pakistan led the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Abu Dhabi and drew the second in Dubai.