Wednesday 11 December 2019

Irish cricket team pay respects to batsman Phillip Hughes as #putoutyourbats goes global

The Irish cricket team pay their respects to tragic batsman Phillip Hughes
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The Irish cricket team were among those to honour the memory of Australia's Phillip Hughes which sparked a remarkable show of respect from cricket fans around the world on Twitter.

The Irish team were in Dubai today but like other teams, players and fans throughout the world, posted an image of their bats along with the hashtag #putoutyourbats.

Sydney father Paul Taylor got the ball rolling when he wanted to honour the Test batsman and within hours, the commemoration had gone global, with fellow cricket lovers and current and former players - including former England captain and Telegraph Sport columnist Michael Vaughan - putting up images of bats and caps in a variety of locations, some accompanied by hand-written messages of condolence for Hughes' family.

The 25-year-old Test batsman died in hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball from Sean Abbott during a domestic match in Sydney.

Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott led tributes to Hughes with former Test bowler and Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie saying the tragedy had "rocked cricket to its core."

Meanwhile, Google Australia joined the campaign as they changed their search homepage ...

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