Abbott to make call on his state return

Written By komlim puldel on Kamis, 04 Desember 2014 | 20.01

Former Australian bowler Jason Gillespie has called for the cricket community to stand behind Sean Abbott following the tragic passing of Phillip Hughes, saying the young quick needs all the support he can get.

Sean Abbott could be back bowling on the SCG by Tuesday. Source: AFP

NSW won't hold Sean Abbott back from making an immediate return to cricket on Tuesday on the same hallowed turf where Phillip Hughes was felled, provided the talented all-rounder says he's right to play.

Abbott has already bowled once in the nets this week and will train with Blues teammates again on Friday.

There's been an outpouring of support for Abbott and concern from his welfare after he unwittingly bowled the ball that tragically struck Hughes in a freak accident at the SCG last Tuesday.

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But the Blues, on the advice of psychologists, are determined not to tell Abbott what he should be feeling and what he should do — and instead allow the mature 22-year-old to make his own decision about whether he wants to jump straight back on the horse against Queensland.

NSW chief executive Andrew Jones said he and Blues coaching staff would assess the mindset of all players including Abbott after Friday's training session on how they feel about returning to the same field just two weeks after the incident occurred.

"He's in the same boat as everybody else," said Jones.

Sean Abbott attended the funeral of Phillip Hughes in Macksville. Source: AP

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

"They've got training scheduled in the morning and 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.

"I can't speak for them either. They're the ones playing not me, so we'll just have a chat tomorrow and see where they're at and in another day or so we'll have a chat after that. We'll take it one step at a time."

The wicket where Hughes was struck has been retired for the rest of the domestic summer and the SCG dressing rooms have served as a grieving place for players ever since.

But on Tuesday, if they're up to it, players will be asked to play cricket at the SCG again.

It's a big ask but it's understood the Blues players believe the best way to handle their emotions and honour Hughes will be to play.

Phillip Hughes is farewelled in his hometown of Macksville with Sports stars and locals uniting to pay their tributes

Abbott's inclusion would certainly be a boost to the squad that will be missing Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon to Test duty.

Although, it's too premature to predict how Blues players — who witnessed such a horrific injury to one of their closest friends — will feel come Tuesday.

NSW players were understood to be apprehensive when they entered the nets for their one and only session so far on Tuesday, the eve of Hughes' funeral.

The whole squad and staff, including Abbott, attended the funeral in Macksville and Jones believes the closure now offers a chance to move on.

"The funeral was still ahead at that stage so I think guys were feeling their way," said Jones of Tuesday's run.

"I think the funeral was the end of the beginning if that makes sense."

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