These are the images all Australia has been waiting to see – young fast bowler Sean Abbott showing that he’s ready to resume playing top-class cricket tomorrow at the Sydney Cricket Ground, two weeks after bowling the ball that fatally struck Phillip Hughes on the same field.
Abbott, 22, is in the New South Wales squad to face Queensland in a Sheffield Shield match, on the same day it was confirmed that Australian captain Michael Clarke will take his place in the Test team to meet India in the First Test.
Traumatised by Hughes’ death, Abbott chose to sit out last weekend’s resumption of Sydney grade cricket but today, after emotional embraces from team-mates, threw himself into a full training session. Team officials named Abbott in the side but said he would have the final call on whether he plays or not.
Hughes collapsed after being struck in the neck by an Abbott bouncer in the Shield match between South Australia and NSW at the SCG on November 25. He died two days later. Abbott, who made his international debut in October, returned to training with NSW last Tuesday and was among the more than 5000 mourners at Hughes’s funeral the next day in the northern NSW town of Macksville.
Hughes’ death sent shockwaves through the international cricket community, and senior Australian players have conceded that returning to the playing field has been a challenge.
There has been speculation Abbott may be too traumatised by Hughes’ death to make a full and effective return to the sport.
Abbott has been supported by all parts of the cricket community, including Hughes’ family and Australian captain Michael Clarke… see more
source: dailymail UK