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The death of Phillip Hughes has left a country weeping and has "changed cricket forever" - according to former Australian batsman Michael Slater.
The 25-year-old died on Thursday - two days after being struck in the neck during a domestic match in Australia.
"I think we've all wept in the last day or so," Slater told BBC Radio 5 live.
"I don't think anyone thought the outcome would be Phillip Hughes passing away."
Slater added of the batsman: "It is so heavy and confusing. It's not what happens in cricket. In this instance it has changed cricket forever.
"The whole of Australia is mourning because he was a fighter. He got dropped by Australia but came back out and scored lots of runs. Australians can relate to that - he was gritty. His death has affected a nation."
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland told a news conference in Sydney on Friday that a decision has not yet been made on whether next Thursday's first Test against India in Brisbane will go ahead.
"Cricket will go on when we're ready. But we've not broached that subject with the players yet," he said.
"We will in time but they've got other things on their mind.
"To many people, seven days does not seem far away but in other ways it is a million miles away. We will get there when we can."
Cricket Australia general manager Pat Howard added: "We need to make sure the players are in a position where they can make strong choices. That is not now. The focus is on people rather than the cricket."
Sutherland added that he had spoken to bowler Sean Abbott - whose delivery fatally struck Hughes - and that he was "holding up really well".
He said: "I was incredibly impressed by the way he was holding himself and his maturity."
Australian Broadcasting Corporation's lead broadcaster Gerard Whateley, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, said: "It's a numbing shock, which is more akin to when terrorist attacks have occurred around the world. You seek comfort first with your family, and then more broadly."
Cricket Australia has also released a video tribute by cameraman Adam Goldfinch, who has toured extensively with the national side.
Phillip Hughes, batting for South Australia, was hit in the neck by a short-pitched ball on Tuesday. He never regained consciousness.
Australian team doctor Peter Brukner explained Hughes died as a result of "vertebral artery dissection".
His family paid tribute to a "much-loved son and brother".
Cricket Australia is "completely devastated" at the "freak accident".
Emotional Australia captain Michael Clarke stayed with Hughes's family at his bedside for two days.
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott described Hughes' death as a "shocking aberration".
Australian media has been paying tribute to Hughes, with front and back pages dedicated to the life and career of the left-handed batsman, who played 26 Tests for his country.
He died after being hit by a short-pitched delivery from New South Wales bowler Abbott, 22.
On Twitter, cricket fans posted photographs of their own bats, as a mark of respect to Hughes, with the hashtags #putoutyourbats and #putyourbatout. Paul Taylor, from Sydney, is believed to have come up with the idea.
The death of Hughes has sparked discussions about player safety.
Sutherland said there would be an "immediate" review of safety protocols in consultation with manufacturers.
But former Aussie pace bowler and current Yorkshire first team coach Jason Gillespie told BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't think this is the time to start talking about laws and safety.
"I think this is a real time to grieve because there's a family who have lost a son, lost a brother and there's a wider cricket community who have lost a team-mate and lost a close friend."
He added: "I'm still in shock to be honest, and very numb. It's just hard to put into words to be perfectly honest. This has rocked the sport of cricket to the very core."
ABC's Whateley, said: "This is the worst day I've known in Australia sport. That's two fold: one him being so young, a 25-year-old who hadn't had the chance to live his career to full fruition; and the second is that it happened in front of us.
"We've seen it and lived through it for three days and there was a sense of dread as his team-mates and family made those terrible processions to the hospital.
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"The announcement of his death felt like a collective blow for all Australians."
Whateley added: "Virtually every Australian sporting organisation has joined in the condolences.
"From teenagers being drafted into AFL competition, to iconic figures like track cyclist Anna Meares and 100m hurdler Sally Pearson, they have all been struck by this.
"It is the collective endeavour of Australian sport so it touches them all."
Former England captain Michael Vaughan, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, described the death of Hughes as a "freak accident" and said it would "be the end of Test match cricket" if bouncers were outlawed.
"The aggressive nature of Test match cricket has to carry on," he added.
However, Vaughan said that the sledging that marred the last Ashes series must be "stamped out".
"You want fast bowlers firing down bouncers intimidating batsman," he said. "That's high level sport. You want bowlers to get into a batsmen's mind.
"But over the last few years cricket has gone beyond respect. I hope this incident will send a message worldwide that you play aggressive but let's stamp out this verbal abuse."