‘How will he c ontinue?’
Paceman Abbott’s life turned upside down after delivering the ball that killed Hughes
This SYDNEY — A “broken” Sean Abbot t faced rebuilding his life yesterday after delivering the ball that killed Australian batsman Phillip Hughe s, although Cricket Australia said the young bowler was holding up well given the circumstances.
The 22yearold was doing w hat he always doe s f or his s tate N ew South Wales, bowling fast, when Hughes misjudged a pull shot at the Sydney Cricket Ground on T uesday and c ollapsed t o the ground unconscious after being hit on the b ase of the skull.
He ne ver r ecovered and died on Thursday after massive bleeding to the brain.
Test veteran Jason Gillespie said Abbott’s personal and professional life had been turned upside do wn b y the unprecedented tr agedy.
“That lad is absolut ely shak en and broken at the moment, ” he t old F ox Sports, while former Australian captain Mark Taylor said he would be haunted by the incident. “He’s got no questions to answer, but I’m sure he’ll be feeling some guilt t oday and pr obably will be for a long time, ” he said.
“I really hope Sean can get over it and we one da y see Sean b ack playing f or NSW and ma ybe A ustralia.”
Upandcoming bowler Abbott, who made his oneday and Twenty20 debut for Australia in October, was seen cra able t o c ontinue in crick et.
“How will he continue?” Waqar, one of the out standing f ast bowlers of his generation and no w Pakistan’s c oach, said. “He needs counselling, which I am sure mus t ha ve s tarted, and needs t o stay calm.”
Abbott visited Hughes in Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital and has been getting support from cricketing officials and his teammates.
Reports said A ustralian capt ain Michael Clar ke and Hughe s’s sis ter Megan went out of their way to spend a significant amount of time with him this week.
While the outpouring of grief and sympathy on social media has been for Hughes, there have also been plenty of encouraging words f or Abbot t.
“Spare a thought f or Sean Abbot t,” tweeted England gr eat I an B otham, while West Indies legend Viv Richards also sent his best wishes: “Deepest sympathy for Phillip’s family, friends & associates. Sean Abbott in our thought s & p rayers also.”
Former A ustralian Test f ast bo wler player Stuart Clark spent time with Abbott, who has a naturally quiet temperament, on T hursday night and said he appeared okay with at leas t three supporters always around him, but it w as early da ys.
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