Philip Hughes Bat Tribute Goes Viral After Cricketer’s Death

The news that Australian cricketer Philip Hughes had succumbed to the injuries that he’d suffered during a match has left the sporting world in mourning.

Hughes was struck on the neck with a cricket ball during a domestic match in Australia on Tuesday. He then died two days later on Thursday. Sean Abbott was the tragic bowler who threw the ball that led to Hughes’ death during Sheffield Shield’s match with New South Wales at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Tributes have now been paid across the world to the 25-year-old. And #putyourbatsout has now started to do the rounds on Twitter in honor of the cricketer.

This began after Paul Taylor, a cricket fan from Sydney, decided to show his respect for the player by tweeting a picture of a solitary bat outside of his front door. You can check out some of the tributes below.

Rest In Peace Phillip Hughes #putoutyourbats pic.twitter.com/j4FF0Ua1W2

— Viv Richards (@vivrichards56) November 28, 2014

Rest In Peace Phillip Hughes #putoutyourbats pic.twitter.com/j4FF0Ua1W2

— Viv Richards (@vivrichards56) November 28, 2014

England and Australia’s rugby union players also wore black armbands and led a minute’s applause to commemorate Phillip Hughes.

Michael Cheika, the coach of Australia’s national rugby union team, admitted that he broke down in tears after learning of Philip Hughes’ death even though he had never met him.

“I think some of the lads will have crossed paths, and it’s just I don’t know why there’s that connection for some reason. I’d never met Phil but when I heard about I cried because there’s something that touches you about it, how unfortunate it is.

“It brings home that how you’ve got to enjoy things as much as possible because no one expects that to happen on a cricket field.

“I’ve seen many of the messages from English cricketers and I suppose it’s testament to the guy, player and person that he’s so widely respected. When that has an effect on people who only know him from afar that means something.”

Australian soccer players Adam Federici and Mile Jedinak, as well as England and Sri Lanka’s cricketers also paid their respects to Hughes during their various sporting encounters too. The funeral for Phillip Hughes will be held on Wednesday.

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