Northants to wear shirts featuring Phillip Hughes’s name in tribute to Australia batsman

Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough pay tribute to Australian batsman Phillip Hughes #putoutyourbats

Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough pay tribute to Australian batsman Phillip Hughes #putoutyourbats

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Northants Cricket will wear shirts emblazoned with the name of batsman Phillip Hughes for their match against Australia next summer.

Hughes, who played 26 test matches for Australia, was hit on the head by a bouncer while batting for South Australia against New South Wales last week.

He died in hospital in Sydney two days later, aged 25.

Northamptonshire’s tribute shirt will be worn for the three-day match in August and will feature Hughes’s name and the words “63 Not Out”. Hughes had reached 63 when he was felled by the bouncer.

Northants Cricket captain Alex Wakely said: “Phillip Hughes was one of the best young players in the world and I am sure he was destined to play consistently for Australia.

“His tragic death has shocked the whole world and especially the cricketing community. I was lucky enough to play against him on a few occasions and, along with his raw talent, it was his smile and enthusiasm for the game that stood out to me.

“It has been incredible to see the support coming in from all angles for his family and friends and I wanted Northants to do the same.

“As players, we could not be more proud to wear his name on our shirts during the Australia tour match this year. Everybody at Northants Cricket will honour his name and he will never be forgotten.”

Cricketers and other sports fans have paid tribute to Hughes this week via social media by posting pictures of their propped up cricket bats along with the hashtag #putoutyourbats.

Among those paying tributes were pupils from Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough. Their bats are pictured above.