الإثنين , مايو 17 2021

Abbott could return on Tuesday

Sean Abbott, who delivered the bouncer which led to the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes last month, could return to action for New South Wales on Tuesday.

The fast bowler, 22, is included in a 12-man squad for the four-day Sheffield Shield match against Queensland at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where Hughes was struck and collapsed on 25 November.

The team will not be announced until the morning of the game, with all players having the option to withdraw if they feel they are not ready.

NSW captain Moises Henriques said: “From our point of view, we are trying to expel his name from the tragedy a little bit.

“I don’t think he was any more at fault than any fast bowler who has ever bowled a bouncer in his career.”

Hughes, who was 25,

died in hospital two days

after being hit in the neck by the short-pitched delivery during a domestic game.

Abbott has received widespread support since the incident, including counselling from Cricket Australia.

He visited Hughes at St Vincent’s Hospital before he died and was comforted by the batsman’s sister, Megan, and Australia captain Michael Clarke.

Earlier on Sunday, commenting on reports Abbott was set to return to competitive cricket, former England captain

Michael Vaughan tweeted: 

“Brilliant News…The whole #cricketfamily are right behind you Sean…”

The Australian national team also play their first match since the tragedy on Tuesday, when they open their delayed Test series against India at Adelaide.

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