This piece just couldn’t be written any better.
There have been condolences from the Queen, a mid-concert song dedication by Elton John, a Vatican Mass in his honour. Flags have flown at half-mast at cricket grounds from Sydney to London. Parliament was silent for one blessed minute.
The game’s greats have paid tribute. Sachin Tendulkar. Viv Richards. Ian Botham. Baggy Greens past and present. The greats of other games too. Rafael Nadal. David Beckham. Rory McIlroy. Every Australian ever associated with sport.
And there have been bats. So many bats. All over the world, bats. Sydney dad Paul Taylor’s simple gesture has been embraced by fans, households, clubs, corporations and politicians.
The Socceroos and Wallabies brought cricket bats to their recent internationals. Former world snooker champion Neil Robertson played the…
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