Phillip Hughes was the next big thing in Australian cricket. He was on his way to being a superstar in the world of cricket, and quite possibly, the name that non cricket fans would know.
The 25 year old was a precocious talent with huge hope for the future. Earlier this year he broke the Australian record for a score at A Level, notching up 202. He was continually not selected for Australia, which lead to numerous calls for his inclusion, which can really give you a sense of how special a talent he was. Read more from The Guardian, ABC Australia and The Roar to really understand what he was about to become.
Deaths are always hard to take and there is no blame to be put at the door of the bowler Sean Abbott. It's merely a tragic case of taken before his time.
This is why one simple cricket fan's tribute has been copied and shared throughout the world. Not just in Australia, not just in the cricket community, but globally.
— Paul D. Taylor (@Squizabilly) November 27, 2014
The #PutOutYourBats hashtag is a testament to what could have been, and has been described by Paul Taylor, the one who started it all as a way to remember Philip Hughes. It's an incredibly moving tribute that has
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It's just a hashtag but people from Warwickshire to Wollongong in united tribute and it's pretty powerful #putoutyourbats
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Cricket's led a troubled life the last few years but #putoutyourbats is amazing, and brings a tear to the eye
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#PutOutYourBats is one of the most moving things I've ever seen online. So so lovely.
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