People around the world are marking the death of Phillip Hughes through heartfelt letters and tribute photos posted on Twitter under the hashtag #putoutyourbats.
Sydney cricketing fan and father Paul Taylor posted a photo of his bat and baggy hat outside his house as a mark of respect to the 25-year old. The hashtag took off with Graeme Swann and Michael Vaughan among the thousands to share their own photo in tribute to Hughes.
There were bundles of flowers, cards and bats with touching messages laid outside the Sydney Cricket Ground from the early hours of this morning, while the Australian flag was lowered to half-mast at Cricket NSW headquarters; a move that will be replicated at grounds around the world.
Australian sportsmen and women have also united to show support across the codes. Cathy Freeman tweeted: “Deepest sympathy to the family of Phil Hughes in this time of great sorrow and loss”.
Sonny Bill Williams wrote: “Such sad tragic news, deepest condolences go out to the Hughes family. RIP Phillip Hughes”.
And from Quade Cooper: “Saddens me to hear the news of Phil Hughes passing! A young man doing what he loved. Praying for his family and loved ones.”
The Wallabies will wear black arm bands when they play England at Twickenham on Sunday morning, and have requested one minute’s silence before kick-off.
Cricket Australia is yet to decide whether the first Test match against India next week will go ahead. – Jake O’Brien
Top photo by Natasha Jones.