A simple tribute from a cricket fan to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died November 27, has gone viral in Australian and around the world.
Australian star cricketer Phillip Hughes died as a result of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a bouncer on Tuesday during a domestic league game at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Hughes was wearing a helmet, but the ball made contact with an unprotected area, damaging his vertebral artery which caused bleeding in the brain. He died two days later at a Sydney hospital from his injuries, three days shy of his 26th birthday.
In a gesture of respect, IT worker Paul Taylor put his old cricket bat outside the front door of his home in Sydney with a cricket cap slung on the handle and tweeted the picture to his followers with the hashtag #putoutyourbats. The idea soon caught on among mourning fans in Australia and beyond.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 28, 2014
Very touching tribute for Phillip Hughes at Adelaide Oval.Our sincere condolences to family friends & cricket family pic.twitter.com/596tEAUL8e
— Crows Supporters Grp (@crowssupporters) November 28, 2014
— ★mallyHelen★ (@malsagirl) November 28, 2014
— The Age Photography (@theage_photo) November 28, 2014
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) November 28, 2014
— Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) November 28, 2014
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) November 27, 2014
Gorgeous tribute at Macksville Primary School for Phillip Hughes pic.twitter.com/8aXvMD2l4i
— Lucy Carter (@lucethoughts) November 28, 2014
— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) November 28, 2014
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) November 28, 2014
— CNN-IBN News (@ibnlive) November 28, 2014
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) November 28, 2014
Hughes was born in Macksville, a small town on the north coast of New South Wales, and was so talented that he had his grade A debut at the age of 12. To mark his passing, matches were cancelled in Australia and in other countries. Cricketers across the world have tweeted to commemorate him:
From Sydney to Secunderabad, Phillip Hughes is being remembered http://t.co/YtGrBFJG3T
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 28, 2014
— Firstpost (@firstpostin) November 28, 2014
Check out ESPN for more tributes to the cricket star.