Sean Abbott bowls again for New South Wales
SYDNEY (AP) — Fast bowler Sean Abbott has bowled for the first time since delivering the fateful ball caused the death of Phil Hughes in a first class cricket class match two weeks ago.
Abbott was handed the ball in the 13th over Tuesday on the first day of a four-day match between his New South Wales state side and Queensland at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
On the same ground on Nov. 25, a short pitched ball bowled by Abbott struck test batsman Hughes on the neck. He lost consciousness and died in a Sydney hospital two days later aged 25.
New South Wales and South Australia — the states for which Hughes played — had not played since that day, but resumed their first-class Sheffied Shield programs Tuesday.
Abbott, bowling as second change behind Australian paceman Doug Bollinger, Mitchell Starc, was warmly applauded by spectators and bowled a bouncer with his fifth ball.
He went on to take two wickets by tea.