Perth: England Test captain Nasser Hussain and former captain Alec Stewart were among hundreds of mourners at the funeral of Australian-born England Test and One- day International cricketer Ben Hollioake on Wednesday.
Hussain represented the England team, currently on tour in New Zealand, at the service at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic church in the port city of Fremantle. Hollioake, 24, was killed when his Porsche hit a brick retaining wall after leaving a Perth freeway early on Saturday morning. His 23-year-old girlfriend Janaya Scholten, who was in the same car, remains in a critical condition in Royal Perth Hospital with severe head and chest injuries. The couple were returning from a family celebration in Perth when Hollioake apparently lost control of the car on a tight bend. The Melbourne-born all-rounder was in Western Australia visiting his parents and taking a break after being with the England One-day squad in New Zealand. He was in the city with older brother Adam, also an England international player. Hussain was not expected to attend Hollioake's private cremation at Fremantle Cemetery on Thursday because he will be flying back to New Zealand ahead of the third and final Test against the Black Caps starting on Saturday at Eden Park. The England team will gather privately at its Auckland hotel at the same time as Hollioake's cremation. Surrey teammate and close friend Mark Butcher will sing a song of his choice. Hussain carried with him from New Zealand Hollioake's England blazer to return to the family after the player left it behind after the One-day series.
Hussain to represent Eng team at memorial service