Former Test captain Allan Border recently wrote what he admired most about injured cricketer Phil Hughes was the 25-year-old's attitude.
Flags are flying at half mast at Lord's in tribute to Phillip Hughes and his former English teammates have remembered him as a "cheeky chappie" and "top man".
Cricket is but a minor issue when compared to the loss felt by Phillip Hughes' family, teammates and friends. But the sport is still the poorer for Hughes missing the chance to prove he belonged at the top level.
On June 25, 2013, the Australian cricket team had its first training session under its new coach Darren Lehmann in Taunton, Somerset. Mickey Arthur had been sacked, Michael Clarke had stood down as a selector, and an Ashes series was two weeks away. Turmoil? Disarray? Nobody had told Phillip Hughes.
For the best part of two days, Michael Clarke has sat at the bedside of Phillip Hughes and held his hand.
Two of the most tragic events within Australian cricket in just over the past decade have involved catastrophic head injuries. Three men witnessed both.
The cricket community has rallied to support the other person in the Phillip Hughes tragedy, with social media flooded with well-wishers for fast bowler Sean Abbott.
What a wonderful thing if out of this tragedy came something else for others who have been afflicted by all but equal misfortune, but who have lived?
A memorial event at the Sydney Cricket Ground has been announced, flowers are being left at Lord's in England and cricket lovers have placed their bats by their front doors across the globe.