PHILLIP Hughes stepped up to the crease at the SCG on Tuesday and was soon he on his way to what promised to be his 27th first-class century. But at 2.23pm the world stopped.

CRICKET Australia has promised a review into player safety in light of the Hughes’ tragedy, with particular emphasis on helmet regulations.

AS tough as the first steps will be, I hope Sean Abbott’s NSW teammates can coax him back into the practice nets at some stage, writes Allan Border.

CRICKET Australia have handled the awful task that befell them after Phillip Hughes’ tragic accident with exemplary calm and dignity.

HE is the patriach of cricket in Australia. Now Richie Benaud has lent his evocative narration to Channel 9’s powerful tribute to Phillip Hughes.

MCC 175th Anniversary Gala - November 15, 2013

Benefits of Membership

With the northern stand redevelopment of the MCG completed in 2006, MCC members are enjoying some of the finest facilities anywhere in the world.

MCC members have unrestricted access to interstate and international cricket at the MCG as well as to AFL fixtures at the ground, (although Restricted membership does not carry automatic Grand Final attendance rights).

The MCC Members Reserve takes in about 23 per cent of the stadium. It has a comfortable capacity of more than 22,000 and all seats have uninterrupted sight lines.

Match day dining options includes a fine dining experience in the Members Dining Room, a carvery in the Long Room, the bistro-style Hugh Trumble Cafe and a host of bar and casual dining facilities on all levels of the Reserve.

Members can also entertain guests either on match days or during the week. Business and social luncheons at the ground have taken on a new dimension with arena views as a magnificent backdrop to the dining experience. View more details about non-event day dining.

The club also overviews the activities of MCC Cricket and 11 Sporting Sections based away from the MCG, and new members are encouraged to join or support these bodies.

Since foundation in 1838, the club has been mindful of preserving its heritage for posterity. Its collection of sporting artefacts, artworks and literature is a superb reminder of how the MCC and its ground developed in parallel with the city of Melbourne and its sports-minded citizens.

The MCC Museum and Library are outstanding facilities for members. On event days and non-event days they are also accessible to members visiting the ground. 

The National Sports Museum is a huge museum and entertainment complex housing the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, Australian Football Hall of Fame, the country’s finest Aussie Rules collection and thousands of other items never before seen in public. Discount entry to this facility is available to members.

In combination, these features and facilities offer an unbeatable package for the sports enthusiast as a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club.