Sean Abbott makes successful return to cricket

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Australian cricketer Sean Abbott has bowled in his first game since the death of Phil Hughes two weeks ago.

The bowler took two wickets and bowled a bouncer in his first match after bowling the short-pitched ball that fatally injured his former New South Wales teammate.

The right-hander took 2-53 for NSW on day one of a four-day state match against Queensland at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the same venue that Hughes was injured at on November 25.

Abbott had bowled a bouncer that hit the 25-year-old on the back of the neck, Hughes collapsed on the pitch and never regained consciousness, he died two days later.

Many thought that Abbott would be unable to return to the sport and received support from the cricket community, which included counselling from Cricket Australia.

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Fans applauded the 22-year-old when he was asked to bowl in the 13th over; he dismissed Nathan Reardon and Ben Cutting as Queensland were bowled out for 268.

The NSW players wore black armbands and had “PJH 707” stitched onto their shirts, Hughes was the 707th player to represent the team.

Speaking ahead of the game NSW captain Moises Henrique: “From our point of view, we are trying to expel his name from the tragedy a little bit.”

Henriques echoed the sentiments of many, suggesting that it was a freak accident: “I don’t think he was any more at fault than any fast bowler who has ever bowled a bouncer in his career.”

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