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Sean Abbott bowls again for New South Wales

December 9, 2014

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.

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