It has been reported today that Sean Abbott is back bowling again and has been named in the New South Wales team to play Queensland in the Sheffield Shield game kicking off tomorrow. To me, in the aftermath of Phil Hughes’ passing, this is the best cricket news I have heard this year. It would have been very simple for Sean Abbott to not play this game but the fact that he is is heartening and a first step in what will, no doubt, be a long process of dealing with Phil Hughes’ passing.
I hope New South Wales win the toss and bowl first and hand the new ball to Abbott to help him get straight into the game and go some way to get through the inevitable nerves he is going to have.
Regardless of how he plays and how he bowls, I say already “Well Played young man!” because all that matters is that he is playing.
Bring on Tuesday!