Respects to Hughes: Fans put out bats, cricketers to retire at 63*

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Sydney, Nov 28: Tributes continued to pour in for Australia batsman Phil Hughes who passed away yesterday (November 27).

In Australia, as a mark of respect, people are putting their cricket bats in their windows and in their front/backyards. Cricketers and fans tweeted their pictures with bats in their windows with hashtag "#putoutyourbats". Later cricketers from all over the world, including batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, joined for the campaign.

Phil Hughes

Also, Cricket Australia (CA) has written to all clubs and schools to honour Hughes.

In a unique gesture, batsmen will retire at 63 not out and games will be reduced to 63 overs per side in junior and club matches. (Tragic end of Raman Lamba)

The 25-year-old Hughes was batting on 63 when he was hit by a Sean Abbott bouncer at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), playing for South Australia against New South Wales (NSW).

After being hospitalised, Hughes never regained consciousness and died on Thursday.

CA also thanked the cricket community and the Australian public for the overwhelming amount of love and support.

"Cricket Australia would like to thank the cricket community and the Australian public for the overwhelming amount of love and support given to Phillip and the Hughes family through touching tributes," CA said today.

CA recommended club (Grade/Premier and Community) and school cricket continues as scheduled this weekend though the decision to play is at the discretion of clubs.

Some of the tributes that cricket clubs and school cricket teams set to consider are

  • Extending Junior retirement rules to enable kids to retire on 63no rather than 50no
  • Reducing two day games to 63 overs each rather than the usual number of overs each side would receive
  • Getting creative with writing his player number 408 on the outfield
  • Wearing a black arm band
  • Having 63 seconds of silence after the toss
  • Bringing both teams together after the match to spend a bit of extra time together
  • Wearing the number 408 on your sleeve or chest (Hughes' Test cap number is 408)

Google Australia also joined in to pay tribute to Hughes

Pakistan team in Sharjah during their Test match against New Zealand

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