NSW paceman Abbott receiving counselling


New South Wales fast bowler Sean Abbott has received plenty of support in light of Phillip Hughes death on Thursday, with the paceman given counselling by NSW and Cricket Australia.

Abbott was the one to bowl the bouncer that struck Hughes on the back of his head on Tuesday, which resulted in a burst artery in a freak injury that has only ever seen 100 other instances, and never from a cricket ball.

Abbott was one of many players to visit Hughes in hospital after the emergency surgery on Tuesday, though the South Australia batsman never regained consciousness. Abbott was pictured leaving the hospital in tears on Thursday.

Team doctor Peter Brukner said of Abbott's situation: "Sean came to the hospital yesterday (Wednesday). He's been receiving a lot of support from Cricket NSW and his teammates.

"When he came to the hospital yesterday, Michael Clarke came down and spent a significant amount of time with him. And then Phillip's sister Megan came and deliberately spent time with Sean.

"Obviously what Sean has gone through is an incredibly traumatic experience as it has been for everyone who was present on the field on that day.

"Sean is receiving all possible support from Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia and his teammates."