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Former Australia pace bowler Jason Gillespie and ex-England seamer Stephen Harmison have both voiced their support for New South Wales speedster Sean Abbott.
Gillespie and Harmison’s support comes after Abbott bowled the bouncer that hit Australia batsman Phillip Hughes on the neck and subsequently led to him passing away at the age of 25.
“Sean is a 22-year-old, lovely young kid, just running in and doing his job, and this was the last thing you expect to happen on a cricket field,” Gillespie said. “He was bowling to one of his good mates as well so we are feeling for Abbott and for everyone on and off the field involved in that game.
“This is devastating and I know a lot of people that are grieving back in Australia. Phillip was a very popular character – he played for New South Wales and was playing for South Australia against New South Wales when this happened.
“He was friends with everyone there and I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be there at that time. So I don’t think now is the time to talk about changes in cricket equipment, it’s time to grieve and pay respect to Phillip Hughes.
“There will be a time to discuss it but right now there is a family and a cricket community hurting as well as Phillip’s friends away from cricket.”
Harmison agreed with Gillespie’s comments, and added: “My heart goes out to Abbott. As a fast bowler you look to intimidate people but to see someone get hurt is not what you aim for, so I don’t think anyone can contemplate what’s going through his mind at this moment in time.
“He’s a good up-and-coming prospect at the start of his career playing the game he loves and hoping to represent Australia, so for this to happen to him is so sad.
“This will never go away from him so I just hope he manages to fulfil his talent.”