To Phillip Hughes with Love: Finding innovative ways of paying tribute

It’s not about mourning the loss but celebrating the life of a very talented Australian cricketer.

"It might seem like a little thing, but it's an important distinction. Phillip will forever remain 63 not out," said CA chief James Sutherland. (Reuters)

It’s not about mourning the loss but celebrating the life of a very talented Australian cricketer that has spurred the Victorian clubs and its cricketers to find innovative ways of paying tribute to Phillip Hughes, who passed away under tragic circumstances.

According to Australian newspaper ‘The Daily Telegraph’, junior cricketers are being encouraged to retire on 63 not out (incidentally Hughes’ score when he was struck on the head by Sean abbott bouncer) instead of 50.

To observe ’63 seconds of silence’ and finding creative ways to write the number ‘408’ on the field. It is Hughes’ baggy green number as he was the 408th Aussie cricketer to earn a Test cap.

The clubs also want to reduce the two-day Grade games to 63-overs-a-side and getting both teams together to spend extra time together after matches.

CA chief James Sutherland urged the nation’s park cricketers to honour Hughes in their own way this weekend.

“We know that Phillip would encourage you to celebrate the game of cricket with your mates over the weekend,” Sutherland said.

“We ask you to do that in tribute to Phillip Hughes. Whether that’s getting creative with writing his player number 408 on the outfield, wearing a black armband or having a moment’s silence after the toss.”

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