Cricket fans world-wide pay tribute to Phil Hughes

Cricket fans world-wide pay tribute to Phil Hughes

Cricket players and fans around Australia and around the world are paying tribute to Aussie cricketer Phil Hughes, who passed away in hospital yesterday.

The 25-year-old suffered a severe head injury after being struck by a ball on Tuesday, in South Australia’s Sheffield Shield game with NSW at the SCG.

Australian cricketers gathered at the SCG overnight to farewell the batsman, while at Adelaide Oval, the historic scoreboard was changed to read Vale Philip Hughes – 1988 to 2014.

In other parts of the world, flags are flying half-mast at the iconic Lords ground in England, while Pakistani cricket players have held a candlelit vigil for the batsman.

Local cricket clubs around Australia and some international teams will wear black arm bands in this weekend’s matches, and observe a minute’s silence.

Cricket Australia has announced that the mandatory retirement score for junior players will be increased to 63 from the traditional 50 as a mark of respect.

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper says the Australian rugby team will also wear black arms bands in their test against England on Sunday morning.

“For us as a team, it was a pretty sombre mood when you are talking about it as a group,” Hooper said.

Aussie golfers also wore black ribbons today, on the second day of the Australian Open in Sydney.

Cricketing fans around the world have also taken part in a social media campaign, to pay tribute to Hughes.

The ‘Put Your Bats Out’ campaign has seen households leaving their cricket bats out the front of their home and uploading photos as a tribute, using the hashtag #putyourbatsout.

The two-day tour match between Australia A and India, that was due to be played today in Adelaide, has been cancelled as a mark of respect.

But Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland says it remains unknown whether next week’s first test between Australia and India will go ahead.

“To be honest, we haven’t broached that subject with the players yet,” he said.

“We will get there when we can.”

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