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Abbott receives support

By The Assam Tribune

SYDNEY, Nov 28 (PTI): Support has been pouring in from all quarters for young fast bowler Sean Abbott, whose unfortunate bouncer resulted in Phillip Hughes sustaining a fatal injury that eventually led to his tragic death.

Hughes� sister, Megan has joined the Australian cricketers and counsellors in giving solace to Abbott, who is reportedly �shaken and broken� at the moment.

Megan had sat with the devastated 22-year-old Abbott, who made his one-day and Twenty20 debut for Australia in October, to offer him support as family, friends and cricketers gathered at St Vincent�s Hospital, where Hughes died yesterday.

�Phillip�s sister, Megan, came and spent significant time with Sean. Obviously what Sean has gone through is an incredibly traumatic experience, as it has been for everyone present on the field that day,� said Australia team doctor Peter Brukner, adding that national cricket team captain Michael Clarke also spent a lot of time with Abbott.

During a Sheffield Shield match on Tuesday, Abbott had bowled that bouncer to Hughes, who misjudged a pull shot and collapsed to the ground unconscious after being hit in the neck region. He never recovered and eventually died after massive bleeding to the brain. Test veteran Jason Gillespie said Abbott has been greatly affected by the tragedy.

�That lad is absolutely shaken and broken at the moment,� Gillespie told Fox Sports. Cricket Australia pledged to support Abbott. CA chief executive James Sutherland said: �I had a chat to him last night and I was incredibly impressed by the way he was holding himself and his maturity.

�But the point is this not a moment-in-time thing. This is a grieving process that will affect people in different ways. What we will do and the relevant experts will do is provide Sean with the support he needs.� The Australian Cricket Players� Association said Abbott was being closely monitored.

�He has got a lot of support around him from his teammates and also the counselling services,� ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson said. �He�s someone who we�re monitoring closely and we know he�s got a lot of support around him.�

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