ROME (AP) — The Vatican's cricket team has honored Australia's Phillip Hughes with a memorial Mass in Rome on the eve of his funeral in Australia.

Team captain, the Rev. Anthony Currer, presided over the Tuesday evening service at the Venerable English College, the main English seminary in Rome. He said the team wanted to show its closeness to Hughes' family "bringing his life before God and bring it to our prayer".

Four team members, wearing their trademark yellow team blazers over their priestly collars, attended as did the Australian ambassador to the Holy See John McCarthy, an avid cricket fan who eulogized Hughes.

The 25-year-old batsman died Thursday, two days after being hit behind the left ear by a short-pitch delivery during a domestic match in Sydney.