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Bowler recalls fateful day his ball resulted in Hughes' death

By Robert Jones

Published 13/10/2016

Tragedy: Sean Abbott recounted his actions at inquest into Hughes’ death
Tragedy: Sean Abbott recounted his actions at inquest into Hughes’ death

Sean Abbott, the bowler whose delivery inflicted the injury that killed Phillip Hughes, has described how he tended to the stricken batsman in the moments after he was hit on the head.

Hughes, who played for Middlesex and Worcestershire in the County Championship, died after being struck on the back of the head by Abbott's bouncer in a Sheffield Shield game between New South Wales and South Australia in November 2014.

In a statement released by the coroner's court, Abbott revealed harrowing details of the incident at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"After Phillip was struck, I saw him start to sway and I ran to the other end of the pitch and I held the right side of his head with my left hand," said Abbott's statement.

"I remained on the field until Phillip was placed on the medicab and then returned to the change room.

"Once in the change room I felt confused and upset. I had a headache, people kept coming up to me but I cannot remember what they said. It was all a bit of a blur and I felt like I was in a bit of a daze."

Abbott says he cannot remember being told to bowl aggressively at Hughes.

"I do not recall any particular instructions being given to the NSW team at lunchtime on that day or any discussion about a specific plan for the period after lunch, although there would have been a team chat," Abbott's statement added. "I don't recall the details of any team chat on that day. I really don't remember the lunch period at all."

Meanwhile, England overcame a determined Bangladesh by four wickets to clinch a one-day series victory after another tense tussle in Chittagong.

Sam Billings, making his first ODI appearance in more than a year, and Ben Duckett both made half-centuries as England's makeshift top four put them in position to overhaul Bangladesh's 277 for six.

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