Three years ago today, Phillip Hughes died two days after he was hit in the neck by a bouncer while playing Sheffield Shield cricket at the SCG. He was three days short of his 26th birthday.
The outpouring of grief, tributes and emotion at the time was like nothing Australian cricket had ever seen before. And on the fifth day of the Gabba Test between Australia and England, the Barmy Army delivered a classy tribute to the late Hughes. Hughes one-day international shirt number (64) was retired, while the scorecard for Hughes’ final innings was officially amended to read ‘63 not out’ instead of ‘retired hurt’. These were troubled times and social media users around the world reacted in unison by putting out their bats.