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Thousands expected to farewell Hookes

26/01/2004 11:14:55 PM Comments (0)

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend a public funeral for cricketer David Hookes in Adelaide.

Hookes' favourite sporting stage, the Adelaide Oval, will host the funeral for the former Test player.

The Australian team has remained in Adelaide following Sunday's one-day match against Zimbabwe and will attend the funeral, as will former teammates and cricketing foes of Hookes.

The former SA captain and Victorian coach died last week, aged 48, after allegedly being assaulted near a Melbourne hotel on January 18.

A 21-year-old hotel bouncer Zdravko Micevic has been charged with manslaughter and assault in relation to Hookes' death.

Such has been the public outpouring of emotion following the tragedy, the South Australian Cricket Association will open Adelaide Oval grandstands to cater for the expected tens of thousands of mourners.

Current South Australian captain Darren Lehmann has been named as one of eight pallbearers and will join family members and other former cricketers Sam Parkinson and Bob Zadow to carry the coffin.

Former teammate and now SA cricket coach, Wayne Phillips, and former Australian cricket captain Ian Chappell will be among several people to deliver eulogies.

The Dean of St Peter's Cathedral Steven Ogden will officiate at the service which starts at 11 am (CDT).

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