Sean Abbott has returned to cricket two weeks after the death of Phillip Hughes. It was Abbot’s delivery that struck Hughes on the head leading to the batsman’s death.
The New South Wales ace bowled a bouncer - the type of delivery that tragically took Hughes life - early on in his spell at the SCG.
Abbott was called to bowl in the 13th over of New South Wales' game against Queensland, and received a warm round of applause, and took two wickets for 53 runs, dismissing Nathan Reardon and Ben Cutting as Queensland were bowled out for 268.
Australia play firs test since Hughes death
It was an emotional day over at the Adelaide Oval too where Australia played their first test since Hughes passed away. David Warner hit an impressive 145 as Australia finished the first day of their game against India on 354 for 6.
Captain Michael Clarke, who spoke movingly at Hughes' funeral, passed the half century mark before having to retire hurt as Australia took control of the game. The hardest point of the day for me was when I was on 63," said Warner, referring to the score Hughe was on when he was struck by the ball.
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"It was such a horrific incident and a rare incident that in the back of my mind even though a spinner was bowling, just that number in the back of my mind wasn't right. So I wanted to try to get past that, it was quite tough when I was on 63 to get that momentum. Michael asked me at the other end if I was okay, I had to step away for a couple seconds there to get my thoughts and my process back again.
"It's going to be with this generation for the rest of our lives and careers. A lot of people will probably raise their bats at 63, but in the back of our mind we're always going to look up there and know he's looking down on us. I'm going to carry it for the rest of my career, I know that."
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