Fans, cricketers and colleagues react to the death of Phil Hughes with #putoutyourbats tributes

The cricketing world mourned the 25-year-old Australian yesterday following the news he had passed away after being struck by a ball on Tuesday

The cricketing world was in shock yesterday following the death of Phil Hughes who was struck in the neck by a bouncing delivery from bowler Sean Abbott on Tuesday. 


Tributes to the 25-year-old poured in and the hashtag #putoutyourbats began trending on Twitter as scores of fans – both within and outside the cricket community – used their bats to pay their respects to the Australian cricketer. 

Firstly, the tweet that begun it all – from Paul Taylor in Sydney: 

The idea soon caught on, with cricket clubs, grounds and governing bodies all joining in.

Hughes’ teammates and cricketers from around the world posted their own moving tributes: 

Miss ya mate. Always in my heart champion! #putyourbatsout#missyoubruz#63notout

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In memory of Phillip Hughes. #PutOutYourBats

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But it wasn’t just the cricketing community taking part… 

Test Match Special’s Adam Mountford joined the ranks.

As did scores of fans across the globe: 


And – finally – Google Australia whose touching tribute feels spot on.