Sean Abbott might have started his net sessions after overcoming the shock of bowling the fateful bouncer that took Phillip Hughes’ life but the medium-pacer is not yet ready to return to competitive cricket, opting out of this weekends fixtures of Sydney grade competition.
The 22-year-old, who rolled his arm over in the SCG nets at a New South Wales optional training session early this week, will not play in his club’s clash with Northern Districts, according to Fairfax Media. Sydney University are preparing for Abbott’s absence but are leaving the option open if he does want to play come Saturday morning.
Last weekend, all grade cricket was called off to mourn the loss of Hughes, but many clubs believe it is time to get back out there and dig in. The East Torrens Cricket Club, Hughes’ Adelaide grade club, is holding a special tribute before their match against Sturt.
An East Torrens official said no players had asked to sit out this week, including Hughes’ state teammate Adam Zampa, who was playing in the Sheffield Shield match when Hughes was hit.
“Our club has had no one ask to sit out this week,” an official was quoted as saying on ‘Sydney Morning Herald’. “Players will always remember Phillip Hughes and playing in his memory is important for the club. Along the lines of Michael Clarke, our players are ready to dig in and fight on to tea.”
All grade cricket teams are preparing to honour Hughes with 63-second silences, black armbands and painting his baggy green number 408 on the field.