Abbott still to decide on comeback

Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Sean Abbott has yet to decide when he will return to first-class cricket and has elected not to play for club side Sydney University this weekend.

Abbott bowled the delivery which felled Phillip Hughes in the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia.

Hughes died last Thursday aged 25, two days after the incident, and Abbott was among the mourners at Hughes’ funeral in his home town of Macksville in New South Wales.

Abbott, who made his Australian one-day and Twenty20 debuts only two months ago, was reported by The Courier to have returned to bowling action on Tuesday in the SCG nets in a New South Wales optional training session.

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc, a state team-mate of Abbott’s, has also elected not to play for his side, Western Suburbs, this weekend.

New South Wales face Queensland on Tuesday and executive Andrew Jones says it will be Abbott’s decision if he wants to play in the game.

“He’s in the same boat as everybody else,” Jones told News Corp.

“It’s a matter for him to see what he wants to do so we’ll let him make that decision.

“We’ll just regroup then and confirm where everybody is at and if everyone’s comfortable to play or not comfortable to play or where individuals are at, and go from there.”

The Australian national side trained on Friday for the first time since Hughes’ death as they began their preparation for the Test series against India on Tuesday – the first Test was originally scheduled to start the previous Thursday.

Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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