CRICKETERS from around the world have united in paying their respects to Australian Test batsman Phillip Hughes.
Hughes, who would have turned 26 on Sunday, died of the injuries he sustained two days after being struck in the head by a bouncer while batting for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
His death has sent shockwaves through cricket including right here in the North East.
In tribute to Hughes, a campaign on Twitter has been started with the hashtag #putoutyourbats, where people are tweeting a picture of their cricket bat at their front doors.
The England Cricket Board and Durham County Cricket Club have paid their respects alongside England internationals Stuart Broad and former England captain Michael Vaughan.
Australian legend Shane Warne has also posted his personal tribute alongside former Indian Test legend Sachin Tendulkar.
Local cricket clubs in the region have also taken part in the #putoutyourbats campaign including Peter Rhoden, second team captain at Hartlepool Cricket Club.
The movement began spontaneously a day after the tragic death of Hughes.
Cricket Australia understandably wants to avoid rushing into a decision over whether the national team will be able take to the field at the Gabba next week.
Chief executive James Sutherland said at a media conference: “ Cricket will go on and it will go on when we’re ready.
“We haven’t broached that subject with the players yet, we will in time but to be honest they’ve got other things on their mind.
“I know for many people seven days doesn’t seem too far away, but in other ways it’s a million miles away. We’ll get there when we can.
“He (Hughes) would want nothing more than for the game to continue, but as I said before, the game will continue at Test level, when we’re ready.”
Send us your own #putoutyourbats tributes via Twitter and we will include them online.