The cricketing community is in mourning after it was announced yesterday that Australian batsman Phil Hughes had passed away.

The 25-year-old passed away in hospital two days after being hit on the back of the neck while fending off a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Since the tragic news was announced, cricketers from across the globe have paid their respects. Australia captain Michael Clarke tearfully read out an official statement, while the England team and Sachin Tendulkar have also spoken out.

A #PutOutYourBats social media campaign has gone global, with supporters from all walks of life sharing images of their cricket bats on Twitter.

Flags flew at half-mast at grounds around the world - including at Lord's where Hughes played county cricket with Middlesex in 2009.

These are all fitting tributes to a man who passed away with so much more to give to the sport and, below, we suggest how cricket can continue to mourn this tragic loss. 

1) The number 63

Cricket Australia has already advised on the use of the number 63, the amount of runs Hughes had accumulated before suffering the blow to his neck, to lead the tributes.

The organisation said: "In junior club cricket we've recommended where the retirement score is traditionally 50, this weekend the retirement score will be 63."

Two-day games in Australia will also be reduced to 63 overs each.

2) A 63-second silence

A minute's silence is the traditional way of marking a death within the sporting community. To extend the aforementioned reference, forthcoming matches at all levels of cricket should be preceded by a silence for a period of 63 seconds.

We also believe international games, such as England's rugby match against Australia at Twickenham tomorrow, should be greeted with applause from the crowd for the entire 63rd minute of the fixture.

3)  Black armbands

The wearing of a black armband as a mark of respect is a growing tradition in the world of sport. This has been an especially powerful act in cricket since it was used by players in the Zimbabwe national team in 2003 to denounce the death of democracy in their homeland.

4) 408 references

Hughes became the 408th player to represent Australia when he made his Test debut against South Africa in February 2009.

Backed by Cricket Australia, community clubs plan to paint the left-hander's Baggy Green number into the grass on their pitches. It is thought some players will also wear this figure on the sleeve or chest of their shirts. We encourage the entire cricketing family to follow suit.

5)  Multinational companies' responsibility

We believe the big corporations of the world have a social obligation to spread the message of honouring this tragedy. Google has led the way by displaying a #PutYourBatsOut image on their Australian search engine site earlier today. But why not put it on all of their web pages?

The sport's governing bodies must, of course, examine the safety measures involved in cricket.

They have no choice after a tragedy like this. But it is difficult to see what more can be done to improve this aspect of the game - this was a freak incident.

More important than this is that we honour, and never forget, the contribution this man made to cricket and how it was cruelly cut short. Internet companies like Google can facilitate this.

Finally, we must also support Sean Abbott, the bowler who delivered that bouncer. David 'Syd' Lawrence was in a similar position after he struck Phil Simmons, inflicting serious brain injuries. Simmons made a full recovery but Lawrence has since said that he may have quit the game himself had the West Indian not called him to say it wasn't his fault. Abbott does not have that opportunity.