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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen believes that Australia batsman Phillip Hughes “was on course to do some great things for Australia”.
Hughes tragically passed away at the age of 25 when he was struck on the side of the neck by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.
“He had grown and matured into a magnificent player,” Pietersen told Sky Sports. “I always liked the guys who had a sound technique and worked really hard on their games.
“He was on course to do some great things for Australia and always looked like a guy looking to learn. His 100 against South Africa, the weight of expectation he had after that and he started his one-day career with a brilliant hundred against Sri Lanka.
“He was a born entertainer the way he attacked bowlers. Phil was one of those guys you wanted to get out, because if he stayed in after one session it was dangerous territory.”
However, Pietersen also called on the cricketing community to show their support for Abbott, who went for counselling on Wednesday following Hughes’ fatal injury.
“Sean Abbott needs a strong arm around him,” Pietersen said. “I hope the whole cricketing world puts their arm around him.
“I am sure he is in a dark place, I hope he continues playing as it was a freak accident.”