Fans asked to #Putoutyourbats to remember Hughes

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 28, 2014

A campaign started by an Australian cricket fan as a tribute to late player Phillip Hughes, has gone viral on social media. Sydney resident, Paul Taylor, is reported to have started the idea after posting a picture of a hat placed on the handle of a cricket bat outside his house on twitter, with the hashtag #Putoutyourbats.

The idea soon caught on and became a trending topic throughout the world. Among those who first reacted, were West Indian great Sir Viv Richards, former English cricketer Graeme Swann, journalist and television personality Piers Morgan as well as Hughes teammates David Warner, Steve Smith and former Aussie cricket captain, Adam Gilchrist.

Twenty-five year old Hughes died in a freak accident after being hit in the neck by bouncer from bowler Sean Abbott, during a domestic match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

He was transported to St. Vincent Hospital where it was revealed that he had suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage, an extremely rare injury which resulted in the compressed artery splitting and forcing blood into the brain area. He was declared dead early yesterday morning South African time.

 

CAPTION: Cricket Australia paying tribute to late player Phillip Hughes through the #Putoutyourbats campaign. IMAGE sourced from www.itv.com