Abbott is absolutely shaken and broken: Jason Gillespi

Ex-Test man Jason Gillespie says the medium-pacer's life has turned upside down following his fatal bouncer to Phillip Hughes in a domestic match at the SCG

Sydney: A “broken” Sean Abbott faced rebuilding his life yesterday after delivering the ball that killed Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, although the young bowler was holding up well given the circumstances.

Sean Abbott
Sean Abbott leaves St Vincent's Hospital following the death of fellow Australian batsman Phillip Hughes in Sydney on Thursday. Pic/Getty Images.

The 22-year-old was doing what he always does for his state New South Wales, bowling fast, when Hughes misjudged a pull shot at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday and collapsed to the ground unconscious after being hit on the base of the skull. He never recovered and died on Thursday after massive bleeding to the brain.

Jason Gillespie
Jason Gillespie

Life in turmoil
Test veteran Jason Gillespie said Abbott’s personal and professional life had been turned upside down by the unprecedented tragedy. “That lad is absolutely shaken and broken at the moment,” he told Fox Sports.

Former Australian captain Mark Taylor said he would be haunted by the incident. “He’s got no questions to answer but I’m sure he’ll be feeling some guilt today and probably will be for a long time,” he said. “I really hope Sean can get over it and we one day see Sean back playing for NSW and maybe Australia.”

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland spoke with Abbott yesterday evening and said he was impressed with the way he was handling the situation.

Experts to help Abbott
“What we will do and the relevant experts will do will be to provide Sean with all of the support he needs to work through this,” he said. “But right now I can say that he is holding up very well and I’m incredibly impressed with him.”
Abbott visited Hughes in Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital on Thursday and has been getting support from cricketing officials and his teammates.

Reports said Australian captain Michael Clarke and Hughes’ sister Megan went out of their way to spend a significant amount of time with him this week.

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