Worcestershire players past and present have taken to social networking to express their sadness at the death of former New Road team-mate Phil Hughes.

Hughes, who played for Worcestershire during the 2012 season, has passed away at the age of 25 after being hit on the head by a delivery at the Sydney Cricket Ground two days ago.

England centurion and Worcestershire batsman Moeen Ali wrote: "Really sad day. Gutted to hear the news about such a great guy in Phil Hughes. Thoughts with his family and friends. Will be missed."

Assistant coach-bowling coach, fellow Australian and ex seamer Matt Mason wrote: "Our club has lost another great player and true friend. You will always be remembered as a Worcestershire lad by us all. RIP mate."

Paceman Jack Shantry wrote: "Hasn't sunk in, won't for a while. Was a pleasure to have played with and known Phil. Thoughts with his family."

All-rounder Joe Leach wrote: "Thoughts obviously with family. Hopefully they can take some comfort in the amount of love being shown Phil."

Ex county new ball bowler Alan Richardson wrote: "Can't get my head around what I've woken up to. An absolute legend and will be sorely missed. Honoured to call Phil a team-mate."

Current paceman Chris Russell wrote: "RIP Hughesy. Thoughts and prayers go out to family, friends and team-mates.

"Devastated to wake up to the news of Phil Hughes. Honoured to have played with and call a team-mate. You will be forever missed."

Batsman Alexei Kervezee wrote: "I'm so sorry to hear the news. Thoughts and wishes are with the family. A great player but an even greater man. RIP. Never be forgotten."

Ex New Road opener and fellow Australian Michael Klinger wrote: "RIP Hughesy. A class act both on and off the field. Going to miss you mate. Thoughts are with your family and team-mates."

Worcestershire wicket-keeper Ben Cox wrote: "Res in peace 'Bruz!' It was always a pleasure in your company on and off the field. Forever not out Pip."

All-rounder Gareth Andrew wrote: "RIP Phil. It was a true honour and privilege to play besides you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family."

Brett D'Oliveira wrote: "The worst things happen to the best people. Honoured to have played with Pip and called him a mate."