ADELAIDE: Australia wrapped up a thrilling 48-run win, a fortnight after Phillip Hughes' tragic death and skipper Michael Clarke sought a 'closure' of events saying he did not want to talk about the incident anymore as the world was sick of seeing him crying on television.
The first of four Tests at the Adelaide Oval was an emotional roller coaster for the hosts, who paid rich tributes to their fallen teammate at the start of the play and every hundred scored and wicket taken was dedicated to Hughes, who was one of the most promising batsmen in world cricket.
"I am probably better off not talking about it (Hughes' death). The world is probably sick of seeing me crying on TV. But we did Phillip proud (with the win)," Clarke said after the match.
Australia batted and bowled with intensity and even engaged in some verbal jousts with the Indians as normalcy seemed to be restored after days of mourning for Hughes, who was killed after a bouncer him during a Sheffield Shield game in Sydney.
Clarke said he was proud of the way the entire team rallied back. The likes of David Warner, who scored twin hundreds in the Test, Nathan Lyon whose 12 wickets fetched him the Man of the Match award and Brad Haddin, who took over as captain after Clarke had limped off, were present on the field when Hughes was fatally hit.
Clarke, who himself played a central role around the Hughes family, praised all these men after a hard-fought win.
"It was a fantastic win and there were some unbelievable performances. Warner's hundred was as good a second innings hundred as I've seen. Lyon and Steve Smith were brilliant. Haddin as captain was unbelievable. The boys deserve a lot of credit to keep trying to win the game. They were willing to lose to win," Clarke said.