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Break in ACT Comets match for Phillip Hughes' funeral

ACT Comets skipper David Dawson has applauded the move to suspend play in the clash with Tasmania for Phillip Hughes' funeral, saying "honouring Phil's life is much more important than cricket."

The third day of the Futures League match at Manuka Oval on Wednesday will be suspended for an hour from 2pm to allow players to pay their respects and watch television coverage of the funeral. 

Dawson played alongside Hughes for NSW in his last Sheffield Shield game before he moved to South Australia.

The opener finished unbeaten on 84 to help the Comets to 1-133 in reply to Tasmania's 8-538 (dec) at stumps on day two on Tuesday. 

Earlier, Australia Twenty20 player Ben Dunk belted 215 for the Tigers, with Trent Keep (106) scoring a ton on debut. 

"It's going to be a pretty sad day, cricket's going to come second," Dawson said. 

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"Honouring Phil's life is much more important than a game of cricket. 

"It's obviously very difficult for a lot of players, there's been a lot of leeway afforded to give guys from both sides time if they need it. 

"Everyone grieves in different ways.

"I don't think there's a cricket fan or player in the world who hasn't been shaken and saddened by the events of the last week. 

"Everyone's going to need that time to pay their respects."

The altered Test schedule after the Hughes tragedy means England will now play a tour match against an ACT XI at Manuka Oval on January 12, two days before the Prime Minister's XI clash, which remains unchanged. 

England was previously scheduled to play fellow tourists India at Sydney. India will instead play a tour match, with the date and venue to be announced soon. 

"We thank the BCCI and ECB for their support and understanding throughout this difficult time," Cricket Australian boss James Sutherland said.