Sydney: Australia's axed Test opener Phil Hughes was punched by a stranger while he was drinking, and later lost his shirt during the melee that took place at the Star Hotel in Macksville on Boxing Day.
According to eyewitnesses, Hughes, who spent the day at the Bowraville Races before arriving at the Star Hotel, was involved in a bust-up with another patron on Monday night. They were involved in a scuffle and the cricketer was escorted from the premises by pub security. The incident was not reported to police.
Hughes' manager James Henderson said that, while there was an altercation, Hughes was not the instigator.