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:
— Paul D. Taylor (@Squizabilly) November 27, 2014
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.
— Adam Mountford (@tmsproducer) November 28, 2014
As did scores of fans across the globe:
— Jamie Cox (@jamiecox1969) November 28, 2014
— Phil Burton (@PhilBurtonHN) November 28, 2014
And – finally – Google Australia whose touching tribute feels spot on.