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:
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.