Federici on his cricket bat gesture"We just wanted to do something for him," Royals stopper Adam Federici explained to the media after Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win at Norwich.
Australian batsman Phillip Hughes tragically passed away last week after being struck in the head by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground earlier in the week. Cricket fan and fellow New South Wales-born sportsman Adam Federici wanted to pay a fitting tribute to a sporting hero back home.
So in support of the #PutOutYourBats gesture that has swept across social media streams since the sad news broke, Federici decided to lay a cricket bat behind his goal during the warm-up and in both halves of our victory at Carrow Road this afternoon.
"I just wanted to pay my respects, not just me, the rest of the boys as well. It was something I'd thought of ahead of this weekend and I wanted to pay tribute to him after the extremely sad news this week," an emotional Federici explained after the game.
"Australia is on the other side of the world, but it still feels pretty close to me. And England and Australia have always been close as nations - as you saw both sets of supporters gave the gesture a great ovation this afternoon.
"I love my cricket and this was a hard one to take. He was a tremendous player and it is his birthday back home today. So it was a sad day."
Royals boss Nigel Adkins added, "It's a very, very sad occasion. We all feel the same because it was such a shocking series of events, so it was great for Feds to be able to show his respect in that manner."
From one Australian international to another...rest in peace.