Sean Abbot catches Will Pucovski with sickening bouncer

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Australian fast bowler Sean Abbot has been given an unsettling reminder of the time he struck Philip Hughes on the back of the head with a bouncer, which ultimately led to his death.

Abbot was playing in Australia's domestic competition the Sheffield Shield for New South Wales against Victoria when he accidently hit 20-year-old Will Pucovski on his helmet on the back of his head. 

Pucovski was instantly stunned by the hit, first rocking back before falling to his knees on the pitch.

Abbott quickly realised Pucovski was seriously hurt and rushed to catch him as teammates frantically called for assistance from medical staff.

For Abbot, who is still only 26 years old, could this be one trauma too far for the young man?

He has recovered well since the Phil Hughes incident, but this will surely knock him back a few paces.

This event will surely raise the question - should bouncers be a legal delivery in cricket?

Bouncers stem originally from the 'Bodyline Series' of 1932-33. During that series, England captain Douglas Jardine used Harold Larwood to great affect, but the 'leg-theory' was used for one reason only: intimidation.

For decades now, bouncers are a common sight during a cricket match, and it seems a miracle that there has not been significantly more deaths in cricket, especially when the famous West Indian pace attack of the 1980s were bowling at batsmen with undeveloped helmets.

Surely the bouncer is not sport, but merely intimidation.

A bouncer is a short-pitched ball which is often aimed at the head of the batsman, and as we saw in the recent Ashes series, bouncers are often bowled to lower-order batsmen who do not have the ability to defend themselves against such bowling.

Aren't bouncers the equivalent to a high tackle in rugby? Players are being put at risk to serious injury, yet cricket authorities are doing nothing about it. 

Perhaps it is now time for cricket to move away from tradition, and think first about the safety of the people who are playing the game.

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