THE immediate reactions were shock and sadness from across the globe as news of Phillip Hughes’ tragic death filtered through on Thursday.

    AS the cricket community wrestles with what to do next after Phillip Hughes’ death, RON REED writes the first Test against India should proceed, with the result mattering less than the symbolism of playing it.

    PHILLIP Hughes’ family and Australian captain Michael Clarke have delivered an emotional goodbye after the batsman tragically died from a head injury today.

    AUSTRALIAN cricketer Phillip Hughes has died after being struck in the head while batting at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He was 25.

    IT is doubtful whether any incident has caused more widespread grief in Australian cricket than the loss of one of the game’s most likeable characters.

    Website maintenance - August 26 and 27

    Aug 24, 2013

    The club wishes to advise members that, due to some scheduled maintenance, some areas of the MCC website will be unavailable on Monday August 26 and Tuesday August 27, 2013.

    While the appearance of the website will remain the same, members will be unable to login to the members-only area to undertake any of the following activities:

    - Changing personal details

    - Purchasing members-only merchandise and jewellery

    - Booking a function

    - Applying for Long Room and Balcony passes for AFL Round 23 matches

    - Making a membership renewal payment

    - Accessing the footy tipping competition.

    Please note that despite this outage, MCC members will still be able to make their renewal payments for the new membership season via this link here.

    For function bookings and other enquiries, members can call the club on (03) 9657 8888 or email membership@mcc.org.au.

    We apologise for the inconvenience during this time.