Mackay join social media world to mourn Hughes
MACKAY cricketers will this weekend observe a minute of silence and wear black armbands as a tribute to Phillip Hughes.
"Mackay Cricket Association will mourn his loss and we extend our sympathies to Phil Hughes' family, friends and team-mates," MCA 2senior1 cricket vice president Dean McCartney said.
"We ask that all teams playing over this weekend pay tribute to him by wearing a black arm band and observing a minute of silence," Mr McCartney said.
Hughes will be laid to rest in his home town of Macksville, on the New South Wales north coast.
Across the world, people have taken to social media to pay their respects to the 25-year-old batsmen who was only days short of turning 26 when he succumbed to a head injury sustained in a Sheffield Shield cricket match.
The hashtag #putoutyourbats has become the catch-cry for those paying respect to Hughes on social media.
Thousands of pictures were posted to social media of lone-standing cricket bats.
Another commonly used hashtag was #63notoutforever, to mark the score Hughes was on when the freak accident happened.
In an incident that transcended sport, Olympic track cyclist Anna Meares paid her respects through Facebook.
"She's a bit worse for wear, but this bat has brought much happiness," she said, with a picture of a cricket bat posted on her fan page.
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Social media has also been swamped with support messages for Sean Abbott, the bowler who delivered the ball to Hughes.
The 22-year-old is believed to be undergoing counselling for the incident.
The First Test between Australia and India is in doubt with a decision not yet made if it will go ahead or be cancelled to mourn Hughes.