‘How will he c on­tinue?’

Pace­man Ab­bott’s life turned up­side down after de­liv­er­ing the ball that killed Hughes

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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.

— S apa­AFP.

PHOTO: GETTY

s equence o f imag es sho ws Phillip Hughe s o f South A us­tralia as he is s truck in the he ad b y a de­liv ery dur­ing da y one o f the She ffield Shiel d mat ch be tween Ne w South W ales and South A us­tralia at S yd­ney Crick et Gr ound on No vem­ber...

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