By Australian Associated Press and Chris Paine and Louise Cheer for Daily Mail Australia, Published: 01:04 EST, 27 November 2014 | Updated: 08:30 EST, 27 November 2014. Abbott said he “did not recall anything unusual” in the lead up to the incident which felled Hughes, or any specific plan to target him. “It was all a bit of a blur and I felt like I was in a bit of a daze. Play it now. A SURPRISE witness has created a storm in the inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes, claiming NSW fast bowler Doug Bollinger admitted to making an “I’ll kill you” sledge that has been a focal point this week. 'I'm sure his teammates and everyone doesn't feel in any way ill of him for what happened. Abbott said he did “not recall seeing or hearing any backchat or chatting with the batsmen and I personally don’t recall talking to Phillip or Tom.”, A distraught David Warner (right) with his partner Candice Falzon leaves St Vincent’s Hospital following Phillip Hughes’ death, two days after the freak incident on field. Lee's sentiments were echoed on social media by other sportsmen. Advertisement Facebook Count Sean Abbott released the statement to the inquest into the November 25, 2014 death of Phillip Hughes (above) from a ball he bowled during a match at the Sydney Cricket ground. Even people who don't follow cricket have been affected by Phillip's death. - - - "His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family. Earlier, bowler Sean Abbott addressed for the first time the delivery he bowled to Phillip Hughes which struck the young batsmen on the neck, rupturing an artery that caused his death. Mr Barnes said at the onset of the inquest that he extended his deep condolences to Phillip Hughes’ family who had been “devastated “ by his death. On Wednesday, Abbott returned to the SCG for a team counselling session and was supported by teammates and team officials who have been concerned. Sutherland said. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. “I really don’t remember the lunch period at all. Australian cricketer Sean Abbott, who bowled the bouncer that struck and killed Phillip Hughes, was involved in another chilling incident that felled a batsman in the domestic Sheffield Shield Sunday. The injury was “very rare” in cricket, forensic pathologist Professor Johan Duflou told the inquest. Bollinger, David Warner, Brad Haddin and Hughes’ batting partner Tom Cooper have all denied the sledge was made. Sean Abbott leaves hospital surrounded by friends on Thursday, consoled by former Test opener Simon Katich (left) and a friend (right), Abbott delivered the ball that felled Hughes on Tuesday afternoon, Abbott was warmly embraced by teammates and cricketers at St Vincent's hospital on Thursday afternoon, Abbott, 22, was comforted at the hospital by players including Nathan Lyon. ... but my initial reaction is that that's unlikely. Counsel for the Hughes family, Greg Melick, SC, has suggested the NSW team targeted Phillip Hughes with a flurry of fast, short-pitched balls and bowled him 20 of the 23 bouncers delivered on the day. Picture:AAP/David MoirSource:AAP. The inquest continued on its third day of hearings on Wednesday in Sydney. ', New South Wales' Sean Abbott (right) bowled the bouncer that hit Phil Hughes on Tuesday, Friends, teammates and Australian cricket figures have rallied around Abbott. “I do not recall any particular instructions ... about the period after lunch,” he said. Tributes continued over the weekend to mark the death of Phillip Hughes. Sean Abbott said he felt dazed and confused after Hughes was placed in the medicab (above) following his collapse on field. Looking pale and exhausted, Abbott arrived at St Vincent's wearing a navy baseball hat at 2.30pm. He said he did not recall many elements of the day, such as the lunch session before the fatal incident, or whether he bowled fast or slow. Picture: Nikki Short/AAPSource:Supplied, During the inquest it was alleged that Hughes’ batting partner Tom Cooper told Jason Hughes that fast bowler Doug Bollinger said to him, “I’m going to kill you.”, Sean Abbott said: “I cannot recall any sledging on the day.”. “A very sad day for the world of cricket. All NSW and South Australian players are receiving counselling and psychological support in the wake of the delivery. 'He's out there to get Phil Hughes out. He described conditions on the field at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014, when he was bowling for NSW against Hughes, who opened the batting for South Australia. Sean Abbott does not want to see the laws of cricket changed to eradicate the use of bouncers because "there will always be risks in the game", the inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes … “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.”. Distraught bowler Sean Abbott - who delivered the ball that felled Phillip Hughes - was seen leaving St Vincent's Hospital in tears after the death of the batsman. All you have to do is listen to Simon Hughes’ introduction of Sean Abbott for tonight’s T20 to realise why mental health issues are so prevalent in young males, particularly athletes. 'Sean will have all the support he needs around him. Hughes, 25, died on November 27 from bleeding on the brain, two days after being knocked unconscious by the Abbott bouncer, plunging the cricket world into mourning. I did not respond, nor did any of the other players. The cricket world has rallied around Sean Abbott following the death of Phillip Hughes. He excited the hospital after learning of Hughes' death wiping away tears with his head bowed and face hidden underneath his cap. “I don’t remember the ball being fast or slow,” he said in his statement. “These feelings stayed with me for the next few days.”. A “broken” Sean Abbott (22) faced rebuilding his life Friday after the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who died after being hit in the neck by a bouncer delivered by Abbott. He described how he ran to the end of the pitch and held Hughes’ head after the batsman’s collapse. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. I felt super tired. “I cannot recall any changes in the atmosphere or mood of the game after lunch. 'I hope he's got support... You just worry that this could jeopardise Sean Abbott and his cricket career and we don't want that.'. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott led a flood of tributes for the 25-year-old. Rest in … The left-hander collapsed on the pitch and died in hospital two days later. In the brief, sad statement tabled in evidence to the inquest, which is being attended by Hughes’ family, Abbott said he felt confused, in a daze, upset and “super tired” for days after the freak incident. 'It says a lot about Sean doesn't it?' Picture: Channel NineSource:Supplied. Picture: News CorpSource:News Corp Australia, An emotional Sean Abbott is comforted by Simon Katich after leaving St Vincent's Hospital following Phillip Hughes’ death. English commentator Simon Hughes copped heavy criticism after his inappropriate remark for Sean Abbott during the BT Sports coverage of Friday’s T20 International between Australia and Pakistan. A nother Indian batsman, Rohit Sharma, had words of sympathy for Sean Abott, whose bouncer hit Hughes, leading to the left-hander's death. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2021. In the hospital's coffee shop, where some of the cricketers had congregated, Abbott was given some words of advice from Waugh, while spin bowler Nathan Lyons draped a comforting arm around his shoulders. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. Abbott, who is the only key player on the field not required to appear at the inquest, said in a statement he thought “Phillip was a bit early through the shot”. Cricketer Matt Day, a close friend of Phillip Hughes, backed Jason’s claim, The Australian reported. Phil Hughes (© Getty Images) It has been 2 years since Phil Hughes lost his life to that tragic bouncer from Sean Abbott. Picture: Channel NineSource:Supplied, The helicopter carrying Phillip Hughes leaves the SCG for St Vincent’s Hospital following the freak incident which caused Hughes’ fatal injury. “I cannot say that backchat is common, however, it is common for bowlers to talk to batsmen in the sense of having a competitive chat. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. “I think Phillip was a bit early through the shot. Former Test bowler Brett Lee said Abbott did not deserve any of the blame for the incident. In the days after the tragic accident, Abbott has reportedly been having a tough time coping and has received counselling and support from players since Tuesday's incident. BACK IN ACTION: NSW bowler Sean Abbott is making his first outing since Phillip Hughes' death. Picture: AFPSource:Supplied. Picture: Matt King/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images, Phillip Hughes father Greg, mother Virginia and brother Jason arrive at the inquest into his death in Sydney. 'He's someone who we're monitoring closely and we know he's got a lot of support around him. Sean Abbott was seen walking into Sydney Cricket Ground, where the horrific incident happened, The young cricketer was seen on Wednesday wearing a pair of sunglasses and was flanked by teammates. Sean Anthony Abbott (born 29 February 1992) is an Australian professional cricketer originally from Windsor in New South Wales who has represented his country internationally. Messages of support have flooded in for Australian bowler Sean Abbott who delivered the ball which struck batsman Phillip Hughes on the head. On This Day: Australia batsman Phillip Hughes dies after being hit by a bouncer Phillip Hughes died on November 27, 2014 after he was hit by a bouncer from Sean Abbott and that sent the cricketing world in shock. Indeed a sad moment for cricket.A visibly upset Abbott was pictured leaving Sydney's St. Vincent's Hospital on Thursday. It was reported Abbott was struggling as a host of former Australian pace greats jumped to his support. And that the players around Hughes on the field that day had been subject to emotional trauma. “Once in the change room I felt confused and upset, I had a headache. Phillip Hughes’ brother Jason Hughes has claimed Cooper spoke of the alleged sledge at a gathering of players at an SCG wake the night Phillip died. If a batsman is early through the shot, it makes me think that the ball is slower than they had anticipated. A spokesman for the NSW State Coroner Michael Barnes said Abbott had been excused from giving evidence in person, but did not say why. Warner was fielding for New South Wales when close friend Hughes was hit by a Sean Abbott bouncer on 25 November. Australian cricketer Sean Abbott was involved in an incident reminiscent of his tragic bouncer which killed Phillip Hughes in 2014 when he bowled a ball that struck Will Pucovski on the head Day added: “Although I am used to sledging in cricket matches, I was stunned by Doug’s comment. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Abbott tenderly embraced Hughes as medical officers rushed onto the field and an ambulance was called. 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